[Offtopic] google experiments

stephen at melbpc.org.au stephen at melbpc.org.au
Sun Dec 30 23:35:09 EST 2007

Google Labs > Experimental search 


Google is experimenting with new features aimed at improving the search 
experience. Take one for a spin and let us know what you think. 

New! Join an experiment and you'll see that feature whenever you do a 
Google search. Note that you can only join ONE experiment at a time.  

* Alternate views for search results     
  See results on a timeline, map, or in context of other information 
types. With these views, Google's technology extracts key dates, 
locations, measurements, and more from select search results so you can 
view the information in a different dimension. 

Timeline and map views work best for searches related to people, 
companies, events and places. Info view shows all the data found for each 
result, to help you select the best choice. 

* Keyword suggestions     
  Try different keywords to improve your search results. As you type your 
search, Google's technology provides alternative suggestions to your 
queries in real time. This feature is also available on Google Labs as 
Google Suggest.

* Keyboard shortcuts     
  Navigate search results quickly and easily, minimizing use of your 
mouse. Current keyboard shortcuts include:

Key Action 

J Selects the next result. 
K Selects the previous result. 
O Opens the selected result. 
<Enter> Opens the selected result. 
/ Puts the cursor in the search box. 
<Esc> Removes the cursor from the search box. 

* Left-hand search navigation     
  Search deeper in a particular type of content—patents, products or news, 
for example. Google searches across all kinds of content, then ranks 
results by relevance.

If you want to see additional results of a particular content type, just 
click a link in the left-hand search navigation.

You can also refine your results by clicking on related search terms.

* Right-hand contextual search navigation     
  Similar to the left-hand search navigation, right-hand contextual search 
navigation allows you to search deeper in a particular type of content or 
to search related terms—but from the right side of the page. ©2007 Google


Cheers people
Stephen Loosley
Victoria, Australia

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