Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Google Search Experiment : Google Asks You to Digg Your Searches!

What is Google's Edit search results?

This feature allows you influence your search experience by adding, moving, and removing search results. When you search for the same keywords again while you are logged in to your Google account, you'll continue to see those changes. If you later want to revert your changes, you can undo any modifications you've made.

Note: This is an experimental feature served to a random selection of participants and may be available for only a few weeks.

How do I use Edit search results?

Here's how you can move, remove, or add results:
Like_it Like it?
This button will move the result to the top of the page and add this marker Move_up next to it,
so you can easily recognize it. The result(s) you promote will appear at the top whenever you search for the same keyword(s) in the future.
Don't_like_it Don't like it?
This button will remove the result, and it will remain hidden when you search for the same keyword(s) in the future.

Know of a better webpage?

At the bottom of the search results, you can provide the address of a page that's relevant to your search. When you search for these same keyword(s) the page you've suggested will appear at the top with this marker Move_up.

Comment Make a comment
This button opens up a text box where you can make a comment. Comments will be visible to you next time the same result appears in a search, and are a great way to remember thoughts you had about particular webpages.
This is an experiment by Google to provide enhanced serch experience. Google giving searchers increased control over their search results improves the overall user experience. But you need to be logged in to your Google account to see the results in a subsequent search.
Google also tells ups that other users also in the experiment will be able to see "Your comments and the webpages you add, promote, or delete, along with the user nickname for the account you're logged in with. You can't directly share your comments or additional results with other users who aren't in the experiment.
There is a development group working on enhancing video support for Asterisk.
If you want to participate, join the asterisk-video mailing list on
Google will use input from this experiment to provide websearch features such as the personalized results you see, and to decide whether features like this would be useful for other users in the future. As Google expands this feature, we may also show the comments and changes that you provided to other users, along with the nickname of the account you were logged in with to make the changes. Like any data you share with Google, this is subject to Google's Privacy Policy.

This feature is available only to very small subset of users. So if you do not see those buttons in your search do not be alarmed.
You can see more screenshoths and a discussion here.
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