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January 06, 2009

Upcoming Google Search Results Features

Google is doing the major search results updates in it's searches provided to the users. Recently Google launched the Google Search Wiki, wherein the user can add, remove and see all the notes for a specific search results, or write their own comments.

Like wise there are a many updates going on in the search results that will be displayed to the users. To name some of them,

Google's Search Wiki

First comes the search wiki itself, as when you are deleting the search result, the result will be deleted with a sound and with animation. But you need to have signed in to your google account to do all that for the search wiki.

Google's Alternate View for Search Results

Google will now provide an alternate view for the search results. That will be based on the following four criterios,
  • A List View
  • A Info View
  • A Timeline View
  • A Map View
List View - A list view is the normal view of the of the search results.

Information View - The Information view will provide another 5 segregated views based on
  1. Your search terms
  2. Dates
  3. Measurements
  4. Locations, &
  5. Images

Timeline View - The Timeline view will show the results specific to a certain period of time, i.e., in a specific period (eg from 1740 - 1750 only)

Map View - And lastly the map view, which clearly shows the location of that particular search result, in the Google Maps.

This sounds to be very innovative and interesting way to present the search resullt to the users, in so many different formats. It is still in the experimental phase, but it will be interesting to use these as a part of the search results.

Keyboard Shortcuts - Next comes the keyboard shortcuts, with the search results navigation made more easy.

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.

Escape --> Removes the cursor from the search box.

Magnified View - And while accessing the results via shortcuts, the navigated result will get a bigger and a magnified picture of the search results.

The following is the list provided in order to facilitate the navigational part of the search results,

Key --> Action

j or DOWN --> Selects the next item.

k or UP --> Selects the previous item.

l or RIGHT --> Moves to the next category (results, sponsored links, refinements).

h or LEFT --> Moves to the previous category (results, sponsored links, refinements).

Enter --> Opens the selected result.

/ --> Puts the cursor in the search box.

n --> Moves to the next result, and fetches more results if necessary.

p --> Moves to the previous result, reloading earlier results if necessary.

= --> Magnifies current item

- -->Shrinks current item

A --> Switches to Accessible Search Results

W --> Switches to regular Web Search Results

These are a great different ways to make the search more interesting and more informative and more unique. The user will be able to exactly know and get the exact information of what he will be looking for in the search engine. Let's see when is this going to happen.

For more details go through the Google's Experimental Results

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