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

Google buys Metaweb to improve results for complex search queries


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By Ed Oswald, Betanews

Google moved to better its search results by acquiring Metaweb, a San Francisco based company that maintains an open database of “things,” and their relationships to one another. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Metaweb’s database currently includes some 12 million items, including places, notable people, companies, and movies. Queries to the Google search algorithm would return more relevant results as a result of the company’s technology, the company claims.

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July 17, 2010