“Google it.” That is the most common reply to questions you don’t know the answer to.
The Google Search Engine has revolutionised the way we search for things on the Internet. It is possibly the most informative, interactive and powerful library we have to date.
Come its 20th birthday; Google Search will step into the next chapter of its ever-evolving search complexities to present the most relevant information to you in much better ways.
Three new updates are coming to the search engine and here’s how they work.
Retrace your steps with activity cards
Right now, when you do a search, and you had clicked on multiple websites that did not give you the answers you seek, it’ll be highlighted in a purplish colour.
Sometimes, you’ll tend to accidentally click on it again, which annoys you.
With the new activity card, when you revisit the same search, you will see a consolidated list of websites you’d visited before.
According to Google, the card will only appear when it’s useful. It will not appear on every search, and you will still have full control over your search history.
Keep track of your searches with Collections
Think of Collections as a place where you can store websites, articles or images that you want to revisit. Say you are going on a trip to Melbourne and did a tonne of search on places you wish to visit.
So instead of doing the search again and scrolling for the website that holds the information you seek, you can go to Collections and retrieve them quickly.
You can also add content from your activity card directly to collections.
Dynamic organisation of Search results
Results from your search are the most relevant if you feed more description into the Google Search bar.
The results are derivatives from a set of predetermined categories. With a dynamic organisation, Google Search will surface a layer below these categories. We are referring to subtopics.
A single search will offer you the information you are looking for, and the subtopics that are the most relevant to your search.
In layman term, it’s suggesting what your next search would be.
For example, if you are looking for a pug, the search results will not only show links about pugs. It would also present subtopics relating to the pugs such as:
- it’s health;
- how to train pugs;
- videos of pugs; and
- the famous names of pugs.
The dynamic organisation of Search results will provide you with information that you will need without needing to do a second search process. This feature will continue to refine itself as new information is published to the web.
These new updates to the Google Search will be implemented over the next few months. So do not be alarm when you get more than you ask for, in a good way.