May 17, 2007
You may have noticed that Google has changed the appearance of their site. They’ve moved their different search types to the top of the page rather than right above the text input:
Additionally, they will be using the “smart answers” a lot more where they supply you with different search results types for certain keywords (such as pictures, video, etc). They have dubbed this Universal Search…the idea being that you get all types of results in one search query. Here is an example of a darth vader search.
A few other features include:
- A cross language search engine (coming soon) which will do some on the fly processing to match up your query in your language to web pages in other languages and show them when they are more relevant. The idea, according to Greg, is to “expand the value of the Google index and English language sites to non-English speakers.”
- Google Experimental which is a feature that exists within Google Labs. This will allow you to view various UI features they are testing (currently, they have timeline/map view, keyboard shortcuts, left hand search navigation, and right hand contextual search navigation). Hopefully, interested parties can check out all of the new features and UI changes from here in the future instead of asking a bunch of people…”hey, I think google is testing a new feature…do you see it too?” whenever they were A-B testing.
- Google’s Video Search will morph into a video meta search engine, currently only adding a few select sites into their index (like Metacafe).