New Google Toys

Ooooh, fun! Google have added some nifty options to their ubiquitous search function, which will, they tell us will

let you slice and dice your results and generate different views to find what you need faster and easier

Basically, it adds the ability to, for instance, show only forum results, or results from a particular time, such as “within the last week”.  And once you’ve got your results, you can play with them a bit:

The Search Options panel also gives you the ability to view your results in new ways. One view gives you more information about each result, including images as well as text, while others let you explore and iterate your search in different ways.

What’s perhaps more interesting is the next feature they’re promising – something that looks like it’s a response to the magic toys coming from Wolfram this month. Google’s version of a search engine that gives answers rather than just links will be called Google Squared, and they tell us that

Unlike a normal search engine, Google Squared doesn’t find webpages about your topic — instead, it automatically fetches and organizes facts from across the Internet. We’ll be opening it up to users later this month on Google Labs.

Good stuff, or at least something fun to play with. :grin:

via Official Google Blog: More Search Options and other updates from our Searchology event.