Google Premieres Debut of its Universal Search Platform

Google search engine | May 17th, 2007 | Comments Off on Google Premieres Debut of its Universal Search Platform

The search engine Google (or the big G as we like to call it) has released information that it has begun to develop a comprehensive and integrated universal search model. The company also debuted an updated homepage design and several new navigation features.

Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Products and User Experience at Google remarked

”Our focus has always been making our users’ search experience as simple and straightforward as possible. The ultimate goal of universal search is to break down the silos of information that exist on the web and provide the very best answer every time a user enters a query. While we still have a long way to go, today’s announcements are a big step in that direction.”

The vision of the universal search is to ultimately search across all its content sources, compare and rank all the information in real time, and deliver a single, integrated set of search results that offers users precisely what they are looking for. The company will incorporate information from a variety of previously separate sources – including videos, images, news, maps, books, and websites – into a single set of results. At first, universal search results may be subtle. Over time users will recognize additional types of content integrated into their search results as the company advances toward delivering a truly comprehensive search experience.

Google also announced today a new experimental version of its popular search service called Google Experimental, available on Google Labs. This new test site provides users an opportunity to try out some of the latest search experiments and innovations and provide Google with feedback. One of the first experiments to be featured on the site enables users to view their search results on a map or timeline. For example if a you choses to search for “downtown los angeles” on Google Experimental you can chose to view News, Maps or Images (look at the menu on your right side, right above Sponsored Links while searching “downtown los angeles“).

To learn more about Google Experimental search, please visit: Google Labs.

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