Google’s search chief Amit Singhal described a Google search future that is mainly mobile. He spoke about – Now on Tap — a facility “which is being released as part of the latest Android mobile operating system – lets users get related information about whatever is on their handset’s screen with a single button press.”
Google search chief Amit Singhal looks to the future, Leo Kelion, BBC (Sept 29)
Image recognition is another area receiving Google’s attention. Good
New from Dan Russell – PowerSearchingWithGoogle Text Lessons (and slides! and videos!) (Sept 10) – “a master list of all the text lessons from the PowerSearchingWithGoogle.com online course”. There are 29 lessons – nice bite-sized chunks.
Also registration for the next run of this MOOC is September 14th. Treat yourself.
There is no shame today in “googling” a health condition – results are often from the top medical sites – and this is about to get better.
Google To Double The Number Of Health Conditions In Search Results Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Sept 3).
Google announced they are more than doubling their health conditions database, so that when you search for health or medical topics in Google, you are more likely to find factual medical data on that condition.
I checked congestive heart failure on google.ca and was impressed at the quality of results from US and Canadian sites in the three pages. But – searchers still need to be careful to distinguish the authoritative sites from the product sites, and to thoroughly search the authoritative ones..
Tweets should now show in Google search results on a desktop computer.
Google Officially Expands Twitter Into Desktop Search Results, Barry Schwartz Search Engine Land (Aug 21)
Google is repurposing search history to deliver related questions under “people also ask”. Jennifer Slegg gives examples at Google Displays Both Related Questions & Featured Snippets in Same Search Result (TheSEMPost, Aug 3)
Hone your search skills with Dan Russell’s Power Searching with Google . This is online, self-paced – very good. See description at We just finished running…
Soon, Google is expected to display in image search images extracted from pdf documents.
Google Image Search Test Now Shows Images Within PDFs, Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Aug 10)
What does Google do with the new TLDs? Nothing. And now it seems Google doesn’t give preferential ranking to .edu or .gov.
Google Explains How It Handles The New Top Level Domains (TLDs), Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (July 21)
In summary, there are no TLDs that Google finds preferential to others; they are all treated equally in rankings. There are some geo-specific TLDs that Google will default to a specific country and use that as an indicator that the website is more important in a specific geographic region. But all TLDs are treated equally.
The smartphone is changing people’s search practices and Google, in the face of a multitude of apps, is fighting to stay King of Search. Leading the charge is Amit Singhal, Google’s search chief.
Reinventing Google for a Mobile World, Conor Dougherty, New York Times (July 9)
“My job is not to just look at the trend today. My job is to look at what’s beyond the horizon,” Mr. Singhal said in the interview. “And beyond the horizon, there is so much more people can do on their devices that is not possible today.”
Yahoo, since it is no longer restricted to Bing for search, is trying other search partners – specifically Google. (Who else is there?) Personally, I don’t see any great advantage in this. Would be better if Yahoo worked on display and features.
Yahoo Search Testing Google Powered Search Results, Search Engine Land (July 1)