Thursday, June 16, 2011
Google?s Related Searches Now Harness Google Squared (And They?re Pretty Nifty)
Google has just announced a new feature for its core search engine that sounds like it will be very helpful: a new kind of related search result that's based around lists. Starting today, when you run a general query like, say, "Greek philosophers", Google will actually present a list of top Greek philosophers instead of queries that are simply similar to that one. Okay, so it isn't the kind of announcement that's going to make you scream from the rooftops, but it's a subtle and important difference. Previously, for the query "american authors" you would have gotten suggested searches including "famous american authors" and "american literature". Now you'll also get a list of some of the top American authors themselves: Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, and a half-dozen others.