Sunday, March 22, 2009

Google's latest ideas

My preferred sites

Tell Google the sites that you like and search results from those sites will be shown more often. Your preferred sites will be marked on the results page so you can find them more easily.
  • Add sites you trust, for example Rotten Tomatoes for movie reviews or WebMD for medical information
  • Add local sites, for example the Honolulu Star Bulletin if you live in Hawaii
  • Add a favorite blog site, for example TechCrunch for tech news
You must be signed in to your Google Account to participate in this experiment.

SearchWiki with sound

Do you like SearchWiki? Do you enjoy having the power to remove results from your search results pages? Now you can do so in style by having a sound effect play along with the animation whenever you remove a result.

Recorded by our co-founder Sergey Brin himself, this sound effect is sure to please!

Alternate views for search results

See results on a timeline, map, or in context of other information types. With these views, Google's technology extracts key dates, locations, measurements, and more from select search results so you can view the information in a different dimension.

Timeline and map views work best for searches related to people, companies, events and places. Info view shows all the data found for each result, to help you select the best choice.

Keyboard shortcuts

Navigate search results quickly and easily, minimizing use of your mouse. Current keyboard shortcuts include:

Key Action
J Selects the next result.
K Selects the previous result.
O Opens the selected result.

Opens the selected result.
/ Puts the cursor in the search box.

Removes the cursor from the search box.

Accessible View

Navigate search results quickly and easily, with just your keyboard. As you navigate, items are magnified for easier viewing. If you use a screen reader or talking browser, the relevant information is spoken automatically as you navigate.

Current keyboard shortcuts include:

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).

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

For now, you need to use the Firefox 3 web browser with this experiment. This note will be updated as other browsers are added. Magnification already works with Google Chrome and Apple's Safari.