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Google Search Timeline and the Evolution of Search in Six Minutes

Google Inside Search today posted a video titled “The evolution of search in six minutes” highlighting some of the most important milestones from the past decade–and a taste of what’s coming next.

  • Universal Results returns results like images, videos, and news, in addition to webpages–“we’re helping you find all different kinds of information in the same place. We’ve continued to make search more comprehensive, enabling you to find products, places, patents, books, maps and more,” blogged Google exec.
  • Quick Answers are located at the top of the page for a wide variety of topics, including flight times, sports scores, weather and dozens more. In addition to a list of links to websites.
  • The Future of Search: The exec said “We’ve also been focused on developing faster ways to search and save time, whether we’re shaving seconds off searches with Google Instant or helping you search from your phone with Voice Search. Searching should be as easy as thinking, and the future looks bright!”

“(Y)ou don’t generally need to know about the latest search feature in order to take advantage of it– simply type into the box as usual and find the answers you’re looking for,” the Google exec said.

In addition to the above video, Google also created a timeline of search features categorizing the different kinds of Universal Results and Quick Answers added over the years: (Click to enlarge)

Google Search Timeline
The timeline depicts the approximate dates when we launched particular search feature enhancements.

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