Google launches new search options
Google introduced new search options and updates designed to enhance the quality of answers to complex user queries at the latest Searchology event.
Google grew with "a new set of features that we call Search Options, which are a collection of tools that let you slice and dice your results and generate different views to find what you need faster and easier. Search Options helps solve a problem that can be vexing: what query should I ask?" explained Marissa Mayer, vice president of Search Products and User Experience, and Jack Menzel, group product manager.
The Search Options offer users a set of filters that enable them to narrow down the search in accordance with specific parameters. In this regard, if users want for example to search only for reviews of IE 8 published in the past week, they will be able to set the filters of the Google Search Options accordingly. The Search Options are available via a link at the top of the search page, just above the results and it can be switched on or off.
Google also indicated that the snippets of information provided with each returned result would grow in volume in order to make it easier for users to identify the best results for the query. "Some of our snippets are going to get richer. These 'rich snippets' extract and show more useful information from web pages than the preview text that you are used to seeing," Mayer added.
In the video embedded at the bottom of this article you will be able to see a demonstration of the new Google options and updates in action. In addition to the Search Options and richer snippets, Google is also offering the Wonder Wheel and Timeline. With the Wonder Wheel users are free to explore the relationships between searches and to find new items of interest. The Timeline is designed to provide a deep perspective into a certain topic, allowing users to navigate search results in accordance with year and month metrics.
"We also showed a preview of a new tool that we're calling Google Squared. Unlike a normal search engine, Google Squared doesn't find webpages about your topic — instead, it automatically fetches and organizes facts from across the Internet. We'll be opening it up to users later this month on Google Labs. These features really explore search from a broad and entirely new perspective. Because we realize that when you can't quickly find just the exact information or content you need or want, it's our problem, not yours. And it's a problem with plenty of room left for innovation. Stay tuned," Mayer added.