I really like the new Google Search Options (as noted by Matt Cutts reporting on the Searchology press event this week). VentureBeat and others also covered the event in detail. I’ve only focussed on the search options in this post.
Now in your Search results, there’s a bunch of additional filtering options in the Options panel on the left (default it doesn’t show and you click a link to display it).
The ability to filter by timeframe has had plenty of interest, and I personally can see this being a major game changer in terms of SEO. Many have alluded to this being a strategy of pushing towards real time search, and I certainly can’t disagree. But to me the main benefit is being able to filter out irrelevant information, and hence I’ll likely be limiting my timeframe to the ‘Past year’ category.
I’m not so interested in the very latest (unless of course it is a breaking story), rather I’m interested in knowing that when I view results on say ‘top wordpress plugins’ I’m not seeing pages from 4 years ago that are likely irrelevant.
I’d ideally like to see a ‘Past month’ filter option also.
Here’s what it looks like when searching for this blog’s title:
BTW I think the Wonder Wheel is pretty useless – can anyone point out a good use for it?
(via Matt Cutts)
This just in from the department of paranoid and illogical: Buckinghamshire village has managed to thwart the evil plans of Google by stopping the Street View car from taking pictures of their streets. Residents joined forces after one of their members got the mob mentality going with gems like the following:
“I was upstairs when I spotted the camera car driving down the lane,” he said. “My immediate reaction was anger; how dare anyone take a photograph of my home without my consent? I ran outside to flag the car down and told the driver he was not only invading our privacy but also facilitating crime.”
Yes, apparently the street has had 3 robberies in the past 6 weeks (all before the Google car turned up mind you!) and the villagers think that having images of their homes on the web will increase crime. Lucky they’ve managed to put a stop to it though. Whatever will burglars do now?
And I thought it was only the Asia-Pacific nations that need to be worried about Google.
Note, there are legitimate privacy concerns of course, and Google will remove images upon request. Just use the ‘Report a problem’ link on the bottom of the Street View page.
It will be fascinating to see how this latest Twitter-being-acquired rumour plays out. As TechCrunch reports, there’s rumours of Google in late stage (or perhaps early stage depending on which update you read) acquisition talks with Twitter.
The value of Twitter is in using the service as a real time search engine (Michael explains this well in his post from early March), and with Google’s current search dominance, a Twitter acquisition would be an incredible boost. In fact, almost game over for any other player.
That’s why, those other rumours about Government intervention are likely to start heating up again too. With Google controlling so much data there are legitimate fears that it is getting too powerful. It’s no longer about anti-competitive influence either, its about real fear. Governments (especially Asia-Pacific located) wondering what they can possibly do to stop the flow of information. Just what can, if anything, is it possible to keep private any more?
You can probably expect requests for Google to be broken into separate companies before year’s end. A Twitter acquisition would likely hasten it. Am I talking this up? We’ll see.
Todd Bishop over at TechFlash wonders where Microsoft is in all this discussion. I’ll bet they’re wondering too! I’ll also bet that the valuations being thrown around aren’t scaring anyone. Google paying billions for YouTube a few years back was considered rediculous. I wonder if anyone considers that a mistake now. Similar figures for Twitter wouldn’t surprise me.
But keep in mind, this is just a rumour for now.