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Google’s New SearchWiki Adds Social Networking Dimension To Search

This week Google launches SearchWiki - a new feature that allows you to personalize your search results. About 40 percent of the searches people make on the Internet are duplicate queries they have made at least once before. SearchWiki allows users to delete results they do not like, promote the results they do like by clicking an up arrow, and leave public comments about results.

Users must be logged in to Google to use SearchWiki and can revisit their annotations when they perform the same search later. At the bottom of the search results page you can click “See all notes for this SearchWiki” to view all public comments about the result. You must be logged into your Google account to use the feature.

I searched on MCDM and found the UW MCDM program website was the 2nd result. I went ahead and promoted it to first and left a comment.

Read Google’s Announcement.

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4 Responses to Google’s New SearchWiki Adds Social Networking Dimension To Search

  1. Brook Ellingwood says:

    Looks like I’m not the only person who wonders why Google is calling their new feature set “SearchWiki.”

  2. Can I turn this feature off? I just saw it after running a query. I actually don’t mind getting repeat results all of the time. I sometimes want to see how certain results are creeping up in the rankings and such. Plus, Google is all about simplicity – get all those frakkin’ icons off my screen!

  3. Brian Johnson says:

    I lean towards not really enjoying Google’s new feature. I think Matthew has it right with desiring a nice clean layout for Google Search. Along with good results, I believe that their interface was one of the defining factors of their success and adding features isn’t the best idea if they clutter up the interface.

    Perhaps I will warm to the annotation ability over time, but I doubt it.

  4. Jui-Lun Hsu says:

    It seems that every individual’s search results cannot be shared with other people currently and therefore they won’t effect others’ results. This default may aim to prevent vendalism; however, in the future, is there any good way to share our personal results with others? Maybe it can start from connection of friends, and then disseminate? Since friends may have interests in common which is helpful to organize some of these online resources?

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