Google adds to search

Google has begun rolling out 3 new additions to its search engine on November 20th. The search engine giant added a Promote, Remove and Comment buttons beside each search to help users define their results better.

The Promote feature will allow you to move results up to the top of the list of your results, for future searches. This little addition to the search engine will help users by adding their favourite web sites to the top of each individual search result, that brings back that page. So for instance, if a user wished to promote www.neowin.net to the top of the page, and query a search for a keyword on the front page, it would place Neowin.net on the top of your search results. This is a benefit for people who promote their favourite sites like Neowin to return the first result.

Beside the Promote button, comes the Remove button. This button will delete that result from your future searches, to prevent it from coming back up again. This could be helpful in blocking those web sites that provide no helpful information to you. This is a great way to stop going back to the same bad result time and time again.

Finally, the Comment button, where users can leave a comment about any result, making it useful for coming back to later. Users can add helpful comments for other users, or for themselves when visiting the site next time.

Google has become one step closer to being your next bookmark organizer. Now you can view, save and edit your favourite sites all within Google. The bad thing about these features is, the fact most people don't search the same thing all the time, making it hard to take advantage of some of these features.

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huh... i can still see those arrow and cross boxes and the speech bubbles... you sure its not something on your end?

also, what do you guys think about google mail's new interface... like the themes and all that

carmatic said,
huh... i can still see those arrow and cross boxes and the speech bubbles... you sure its not something on your end?

also, what do you guys think about google mail's new interface... like the themes and all that


The update might take awhile to reach all regions, depending on your country. Canada got the update two days later (or I did anyways) than Americans did.

TRC said,
Yeah, this won't be abused at all.

Abused how? The Promote and Remove functions only promote or remove results localy, on your computer. It does not affect how Google ranks web pages. Neither does the comment function, although I image that a ton of negitev comment could possibly prompt Google to take some sort of action on that page's status vis-a-via it's search resluts.

The only abuse I could see happening here are the self-inflicted variety, as well as the usual kind you get in any online commenting system.

You're right, I misunderstood. I thought people would be able to actually change the search rankings by voting stuff up or down.

TRC said,
You're right, I misunderstood. I thought people would be able to actually change the search rankings by voting stuff up or down.

No, it won't be digg. don't worry

Google has become one step closer to being your next bookmark organizer.

I thought they did that when they released Google Bookmarks with the Google Toolbar. Oddly, the new SearchWiki and Google Bookmarks aren't tied together as much as I would have expected it to be.

But this means I'll finally be able to remove Experts-Exchange from my search results.

Experts-Exchange is a pain... but if you view the cached results and scroll all the way to the bottom of the page the answers are in full view. If you only look at the middle of the page they are hidden. It's a really stupid trick and I dislike them for it. But quite often the answers are useful.

They're not called Experts-Exchange for nothing. The people there try to give good answers to pay for their accounts (yep you can pay money, or by getting points from giving good answers).
I would rather vote the EE results UP for myself

edhgoose said,
Experts-Exchange is a pain... but if you view the cached results and scroll all the way to the bottom of the page the answers are in full view. If you only look at the middle of the page they are hidden. It's a really stupid trick and I dislike them for it. But quite often the answers are useful.

That's a great piece of info - thanks!

Just a note, to use this feature you have to be logged into your google account. Being logged in would make it very easy to store your search history & see what websites you visit. Privicy issues anyone?

If you don't like others knowing what you do online, either unplug your router or quit looking to Google for porn. Easy as that.

4B69 said,
If you don't like others knowing what you do online, either unplug your router or quit looking to Google for porn. Easy as that.


Ah right so privacy is only useful for hiding your tracks while searching for Porn? I guess that's why the US Constitution has numerous privacy clauses in it... Those guys were far too worried about the government finding their porn...

Grow up... Privacy is important.

Well there was uproar in the UK when people found out BT were running Phorm trials (activly tracking what people did online).

Use google to find a local bank branch or retail store they can then know where you shop and what services you use. Search for "dealing with depression" or other medical terms they could create a medical history. Well you get the idea.

Frazell Thomas said,
Ah right so privacy is only useful for hiding your tracks while searching for Porn? I guess that's why the US Constitution has numerous privacy clauses in it... Those guys were far too worried about the government finding their porn...

Grow up... Privacy is important.


You're right, it is; but only if you search for things you don't want others to know. So long as Google doesn't have access to any of my accounts (except for the one with them, of course), I don't see the need for excessive privacy with them.

Frazell Thomas said,
Ah right so privacy is only useful for hiding your tracks while searching for Porn? I guess that's why the US Constitution has numerous privacy clauses in it... Those guys were far too worried about the government finding their porn...

Grow up... Privacy is important.


I guess you read the EULA before using Google, right? If you don't agree with their policies, don't use it..

m-p{3} said,

I guess you read the EULA before using Google, right? If you don't agree with their policies, don't use it..

Privacy on the Internet is over. So who cares

thealexweb said,
Google wants us to do its job of taking the malware infected pages out of its search.

yea and that actually is a pretty efficient way for both sides, i think. =)

thealexweb said,
Google wants us to do its job of taking the malware infected pages out of its search.

Google is providing you it's search service for free. The promote and remove feature is for the local user only, and doesn't affect other peoples searches. Shut up and stop whinging about nothing.

Mikeyx11 said,
Google is providing you it's search service for free. The promote and remove feature is for the local user only, and doesn't affect other peoples searches. Shut up and stop whinging about nothing.

heh well said

Mikeyx11 said,
Google is providing you it's search service for free. The promote and remove feature is for the local user only, and doesn't affect other peoples searches. Shut up and stop whinging about nothing.

Are you sure?.

Can you say Google will not collect those data for to improve their own ranking?.