Google overhauls its search results

24 Mar 2009

Google has added a new depth to its search results, with algorithms that understand related terms and suggest them at the bottom of the search page, and longer snippets in the search results that give greater context.

For example, if you search for ‘principles of physics’, you get related terms at the bottom of the page such as ‘big bang’, ‘angular momentum’ and ‘quantum mechanics’.

“We are now able to target more queries, more languages, and make our suggestions more relevant to what you actually need to know,” Google engineers wrote today on the search giant’s blog.

“Additionally, we’re now offering refinements for longer queries – something that’s usually a challenging task. You’ll be able to see our new related searches starting today in 37 languages all around the world.”

In addition to the new algorithms, Google has introduced longer snippets that show more of the words you typed in the search bar in bold to give the search query results more context.

For example, if you are looking for information about the Earth’s rotation around the sun, and specifically wanted to know about its tilt and distance, extra lines of snippets with some of the keywords highlighted in bold and putting words such as ‘sun’ in context will be revealed.

By John Kennedy

Pictured: a search for ‘Earth’s rotation around the sun + tilt + distance’ will throw up extra lines of snippets with keywords highlighted in bold