Google Search 'Answer highlighting, Rich Snippets, Hours and menu info, improved Arabic searches, Social Search, Google Squared single item, labels for Time/LIFE images'

Google added a number of algorithmic enhancements and released few of the exciting search feature:Hours and menu information in local results for universal Google search lets you add the words "hours" or "menu" to your search to get back the information you want in a snap.Google Squared added a new feature called "answer highlighting," which […]

Google added a number of algorithmic enhancements and released few of the exciting search feature:

  • Hours and menu information in local results for universal Google search lets you add the words "hours" or "menu" to your search to get back the information you want in a snap.
  • Google Squared added a new feature called "answer highlighting," which helps you get to information more quickly by delivering likely answer to your question in boldface type. If the pages returned contain a simple answer to a factual-based search, snippet will more often include the relevant text in boldface for easy reference. Consider the example, [empire state height]:

  • Rich Snippets show brief annotations that webmasters make to summarize what's on the page so you can see it at a glance on your search results page. So far Google launched improved snippets for two formats: reviews and people, and now unveiled a new Rich Snippets format for events. Next time you're searching for events, you'll see how new format lists them as search result snippets, along with dates, locations and links directly to pages about those specific events. And, as webmasters implement the new markup on their webpages, you'll begin to see these event results more frequently.

  • Social Search is now available in beta for all signed-in users. With Social Search, when we search for [baby sleep patterns], [swaddling] or [best cribs], not only we get usual websites with expert opinions, we also find relevant pages from our friends and contacts. Its also added to Google Images and gave you a way to visualize your social circle. Just like other social results, social image results appear under a special heading called "Results from your social circle."

  • Google Squared single item landing page is a new design to better handle queries looking for a single thing, like a specific president or a particular breed of dog. The page is now easier to read and includes multiple images, and you can still add, remove or change the type of facts that’re visible.
  • Better labels for Time/LIFE images, now makes it possible for knowledgeable users to label images and enrich the collection. Example: [Cincinnati baseball]. Note the "labels" in the bottom righthand corner.

  • People tend to forget to separate words with spaces or mistakenly repeat a letter within a word, when making searches using languages like Arabic. To address, Google deployed an algorithm that employs rules of Arabic spelling and grammar and signals from historical search data to indicate when to leave out spaces between words or when to remove unnecessarily repeated letters. Now, when you type a query leaving out spaces or repeating a letter, you'll see better results based not only on what you typed, but also on what our algorithm understands is the "correct" query.