March 8, 2006
For those unfamiliar with Google’s testing program, Google Employees invite their friends and family to partake in the free testing. You then sign this contract to keep everything super-secret or get the death penalty…sounds like that didn’t quite work out. I wonder what Google’s reaction might have been or will be when they find the person who released this type of info for the first time.
In addition to the Google Calendar, there is a screenshot being circulated of an addition to the search interface that allows you to filter (not sort) results based on the date. The screenshot isn’t clear what the date represents but it is possible the date represents the date the information was first discovered/indexed (we know Google is doing that to some extent, at least at a domain level, for relevance/seo purposes). I’ll have to do a bit more investigation to see if this is true but that is easily done to a certain degree of accuracy. I’m not sure how they’d work it into the search interface but I’d imagine that certain words trigger it. In the case of the screenshot, you can’t simply type in the search term…but I can confirm the it is a real screenshot by typing in the URL from the screenshot directly into my browser. A little investigation of various searches reveals that the date may be from when the page was last updated (although it might still be when the date from the cache…more testing to happen and results to be posted here).