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  • Gerrit Eicker 20:26 on 9. November 2010 Permalink
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    Google Instant Previews 

    Google goes Instant Previews: graphic overviews of search results, highlighting relevant sections; http://eicker.at/Previews

     
    • Gerrit Eicker 20:31 on 9. November 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Google: “Instant Previews provides a graphic overview of a search result and highlights the most relevant sections, making finding the right page as quick and easy as flipping through a magazine. To use it, click once on the magnifying glass next to the title of any search result and a visual overview of the page will appear on the right. From there, hover your cursor over any other result to see a preview. For those of you who’ve recently stopped using your mouse to search, now you can navigate to a result, hit the right arrow key to see the preview, and hit the down arrow key to keep browsing. … Quickly compare results … Pinpoint relevant content … Interact with the results page

      NYT: “Even though most people think searching on Google is fast, Google is obsessed with shaving more milliseconds off the time it takes people to search. … ‘We’re trying to avoid the case where you click on a result and you discover pretty much instantly that it’s not what you were looking for and you click back and click on a different result,’ said Raj Krishnan, a Google product manager who worked on Instant Previews. ‘That’s a bad experience.'”

      SEL: “The new feature seems promising, another way to save time in the searching process, because there’s less need for people to ‘pogostick’ with their search results. … Google’s system seeks to marry the two: an image of the page as well as extracting text. Rather than a small thumbnail image, it shows a much larger picture of what the page looks like. The larger image, and one that’s not in a standard square shape, especially helped with people finding the previews useful in testing, Google told me. … The images previews cover up Google’s ads, when they appear. Is this a problem for advertisers? Google says largely no. … Ads, by the way, will also get an Instant Preview feature in the future, Google told me. There’s no set timeline for this, however. … The preview begin rolling out today worldwide and should be in place by tomorrow for everyone.

      pC: “It’s worth noting, however, that Microsoft’s Bing has had a similar preview feature since its debut in spring 2009. On Bing, users can click on an arrow adjacent to the results in order to see a pop-up that includes a preview of some text on that page to see if it’s a promising result.”

      VB: “It’s impressive how much Google’s search results have changed in just the last couple of months, especially since there was a period a few years ago when search barely seemed to be changing at all. The Instant Previews feature seems particularly noteworthy since Google has been notoriously protective about its search results and has resisted adding anything that might clutter up the page. Whenever you ask about competition, company executives like to say that they’re more focused on improving their own products in response to user needs, but it’s probably no coincidence that Google’s making big improvements as it feels pressure from Microsoft’s Bing.”

  • Gerrit Eicker 15:23 on 19. August 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , Screenr, Screenshots, ,   

    Screenr 

    http://Screenr.com offers instant screencasts online: no download, plays everywhere, Twitter OAuth login (via @m14k)

     
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