Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

A month ago, Google enabled starring of items in Google News. Now, they’re extending that same feature to the main Google search. Items starred sync with Google Bookmarks and the Google Toolbar.

Starring will replace SearchWiki, whic…

Move is latest in location-based features for the search giant….

Facebook joins Twitter and MySpace in Google’s Social Update Search….

Last year, Google unveiled its Social Search and launched into Labs. The idea is that you would see blog posts and other content from your social network in your search results. Now, the feature is being rolled out to everyone as a new beta feature of Google.com. As part of the release, Google has also integrated social search into their Image search. You’ll see pictures from photo sharing sites such as Flickr and Picasa. The images will appear under their own special heading. You’ll also notice links to “My social circle” and “My social content.” Click on either of these…

When it comes to teaching machines how to understand human languages, one of the key ingredients is synonyms. Yet what is easy for humans to understand is difficult for machines to grasp. Search engines are making progress, and Google feels they’ve made enough progress to make a significant adjustment to their results. Synonyms are now bolded in some search results, just like the keywords from the search phrase are. Google says this will only happen when their algorithms determine its “useful and important to bold.” It’s as vague as it sounds. On the Official Google blog, they gave the example…

Google announced a bunch of new features today. Let’s dive in: Real-time integration See the latest tweets, blogs, news etc. You can click on “Latest results” in the search results or the “Latest” link in the Search Options panel in order to get more results for a given keyword/phrase. Hot Topics on Google Trends This feature is similar to “trending topics” on Twitter. This is not the same as “Hot Trends” launched in September. That included a Google graph at the bottom of search results if you happened to search one of the top 100 hottest trends in Google search…

Google is making it easier to identify where some sites exist geographically. Normally, you can tell this information from the URL, such as .ca for Canada or .br for Brazil. But when it comes to TLDs such as .com and .net, it’s not always clear. Google is adding country-specific information to the green URL line in the search results. Here’s an example per the Google Webmaster Central blog: You can tell Google what country your web site is associated with. Log on to your Webmaster Tools account. Then go to Site configuration > Settings > Geographic Target….

Lately, Google is experimenting more than Sheldon Cooper on their homepage – and now, also on their search results. They’re testing a permanent left sidebar in their search results, which would turn the results into three columns: new sidebar, organic results, search ads. Hmm, this reminds us of Bing. And Bing reminded us of Ask’s 3D design (which they’ve since abandoned). Additionally, after experimenting with removing the submit buttons on the homepage, now Google is bringing back the buttons and testing them with a new color: bright, primary blue. In the Google help forums, two screenshots of these experiments were…

In Google’s search results, they’ve always included the URL to the link associated with a given result. The URL is set in green text at the bottom of the result. Now, they’re replacing some of those URLs with site hierarchies. Let’s say you’re searching for cat toys. Previously you may have seen: http://www.domain.com/example/cattoys Now you may see: Domain.com > Example > Cat Toys Here’s an example as seen at the Official Google Blog: The root domain will always show. If the site’s hierarchy is deep, you may see an elipses to represent skipped categories: Domain.com > …..>Example > Cat Toys…

Last April, Google launched the integration of public data into its main search results. Now, they’re adding even more public data – this time from the World Bank. You can search 17 World Bank data indicators: CO2 emissions per capita Electricity consumption per capita Energy use per capita Exports as percentage of GDP Fertility rate GDP deflator change GDP growth rate GNI per capita in PPP dollars Gross Domestic Product Gross National Income in PPP dollars Imports as percentage of GDP Internet users as percentage of population Life expectancy Military expenditure as percentage of GDP Mortality rate, under 5 Population…