Google introduces 3 new experimental search views

The search giant seems to be constantly looking for different web search approaches in order to stay ahead of the competition. There have been a lot of recent improvements to web search, but the appearance of results themselves has been pretty constant -- 10 or so web pages in a vertical list. That’s why they’ve […]

The search giant seems to be constantly looking for different web search approaches in order to stay ahead of the competition. There have been a lot of recent improvements to web search, but the appearance of results themselves has been pretty constant -- 10 or so web pages in a vertical list. That’s why they’ve created experimental search page to let you try some of newest ideas.

Back in May 2007, Google created an experimental search page “Alternate views”, that lets you visualize your search results in new ways. Google has now introduced 3 new additional views:

  • Map view: This view plots some of the key locations contained in your web results onto a map. Map view solves this problem by After scrolling or zooming the map, try clicking on the "Update Results" button near the top left corner of the map to show more results just in the area you're looking at.
  • Timeline view: This view does the same thing as map view, but for dates found on the web. This includes dates of upcoming or historic events, or even biographical information -- all generated automatically from your search results.

    The graph across the top of the page summarizes how dates in your results are spread through time, with higher bars representing a larger number of unique dates. Click anywhere on the graph to zoom in to that particular period of time, and use the text box to the right to specify any range of years, months, or days. Much as in map view, the results below the graph emphasize the dates contained on each page.

  • Info view: Info view is a bit different. It doesn't dramatically change the visualization of results; web pages are still displayed vertically as usual. Now you'll notice a new control panel on the right side of the page: Clicking on the different options in the panel changes the information shown below each result. Usually we show some text from the page that includes a few of the words you searched for. Now you can instead reveal text containing dates, locations, measurements, or images. For example, selecting "dates" from the control panel reveals the date of the Sputnik launch in the first result for "space exploration".

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