Google revamps search with new features

Google continues to change how its Search feature works and today the company announced a major revamp. It has added several new features to Search that Google collectively refers as Search plus Your World. It basically adds new search results from its growing Google + social network into its regular search results.

One of the new features is called Personal Results. Basically when you search for a term on Google it will not only bring up a list of web sites and videos but will also bring up the term when it comes up on Google + from your own posts as well as your friends along with photos that might relate to the subject. Google says those social networking results will only show up on your personal search page.

The second new feature is Profiles in Search which Google states, " ... enable you to immediately find people you’re close to or might be interested in following" via both auto-complete and in full search mode. Finally there's People and Places which will let users discover others on Google + who have an interest in a particular topic like music or football.

For people who might be concerned about security in these new search results, Google says, "With today’s changes, we provide interface elements and control settings like those you’ll find in Google+. For example, personal results are clearly marked as Public, Limited or Only you. Additionally, people in your results are clearly marked with the Google+ circle they are in, or as suggested connections."

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mrpakiman said,
this is a feature for the pricks that google themselves

?

Google+ is a social network that has turned out to be especially about discussions covering peoples' interests. Probably more so than a network for friends and family to get together. So if I were to use this and search a new camera model's name, I'd likely get hits from photographers that I've circled.

Matthew_Thepc said,
EWE. just tried it out....there is practically NO whitespace left after it incorporates all of "My World"

after playing with it a bit more, it feels like a really jumbled up So.cl

For people who might be concerned about security in these new search results, Google says, "With today's changes, we provide interface elements and control settings like those you'll find in Google+. For example, personal results are clearly marked as Public, Limited or Only you. Additionally, people in your results are clearly marked with the Google+ circle they are in, or as suggested connections."

In other words, yet another privacy thing to manage.

JamesWeb said,
Yeeah there's a button no one's ever gonna use.

I wonder when google is going to realise we aren't interested in their pathetic social network(s), and trying to promote their failures using their highly successful search engine is a total waste of time & effort and may do more harm than good.