Google Instant Preview: making linked pages visible improves search

Google Instant Preview: making linked pages visible improves search

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Google on Tuesday announced yet another upgrade to its search results pages intended to provide more information so that users don’t haphazardly click away: Instant Previews. These previews are as simple as a small magnifying glass icon next to a search result, which users can click upon to see a visual snapshot of the linked site. These snapshots may also include search terms highlighted in orange where they appear in the resulting page. That’s about it.

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November 9, 2010

In a peace offering to newspapers, Google offers a new news format

In a peace offering to newspapers, Google offers a new news format

By Scott M. Fulton, III, Betanews

Exactly what online news should be or become is a subject that consumed the “blue sky” discussions among publishers since the late 1990s. Despite every concept they’ve ever created, tried or untried, what publishers typically end up with is either something that looks segmented and departmentalized like CNN.com or NYTimes.com, or is basically a blog whose scroll reveals a history of news, like it was printed on a roll of paper towels.

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December 10, 2009

The Complete Guide to Google Wave, information that really wants to be free


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What is Google Wave? The latest from Google Labs, for now available only as a limited-distribution preview, Google Wave is—what? The ultimate collaboration tool? Really superior e-mail? The most ambitious (and confusing) web application ever created? These things and more, according to The Complete Guide to Google Wave.

The Guide itself is a free, ever-changing experiment in publishing that seeks to explain one of the most elaborate and bewildering Google inventions of all. Sample:

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November 9, 2009

Google flexes Twitter integration with Social Search Lab


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By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Today, a new experimental Google search feature called Social Search was made live in Google Labs, following up on last week’s announcement that Google and Twitter had established a partnership.

But the implementation of this Twitter data is much more conservative than many were expecting. Following the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, a lot of talk in the search community revolved around “Realtime Search,” (a buzzword formerly known as “conversational search”) where chatter (articles, blog posts, comments, forum entries, status updates, tweets, videos, and podcasts) on a particular subject is indexed in real time, putting searchers more or less directly into the conversations as they occur.

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October 27, 2009