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Nick [PersonRank 0]

Thursday, December 13, 2007
12 years ago5,637 views

Why does no-one ever send *source-code* with their screenshots? Oh well.

Jake's View [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I saw that on my iPhone a couple days ago and was going to post it.

Wonk [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

So now we not only have ads above the SERPs on the left, but SERPs above the ads on the right.

Somehow, this just does not feel right.

Corey Farwell (corevette) [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

have you guys seen this?
i just found it, the personal search
google.com/search?q=famous+f&a ...

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]Corey Farwell, Thats a weird phrase to trigger a Google Base onebox for Personals.

'famous f' Triggers a personal search where female is selected and 'famous' is the location searched. Similar behaviour with 'famous m' except male is selected.

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

The onebox will display with simple searches like 'iowa f' or 'germany m' etc. You can trigger more options in the Google Personals onebox.

google.com/search?hl=en&q= ...

Typing in 'germany f single' (without quotes) will generate 3 pulldowns in the onebox but you can add even more specific settings like do they smoke, or hair color etc. You won't see more than 3 pulldowns though in the onebox if you decide to add more parameters to your Google search.

Veky [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]Nick: Why would they? Much fewer people would consider it interesting, and it can be faked almost as easily as a screenshot.

[put at-character here]Wonk: How do you know SERPs are _above_ the ads on the right side? :-]

[put at-character here]Colin,corevette: Is "Famous" a name of some known location? Ah, those American toponymes... :-D

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]veky, Famous seems to be associated with Troy, Missouri. I'm not sure why though.

maps.google.com/maps?q=Famous, ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

> Why does no-one ever send *source-code*
> with their screenshots?

OK, I asked Valleywag for the source. It is sometimes telling in terms of wording. I'll ask Valleywag if I may fully post the HTML here but in the meantime, here's some bits.

The video icon on top makes a reference to a "sectionized UI (user interface)":
images/icons/sectionized_ui/video-16.png

The whole div has the class "rhs_column" (maybe "right-hand side column"). There are also classes like "rhs_txt" inside.

The video group has the class "group" and in it the headline is the class "group_title".

So, maybe Google calls the whole layout "sectionized UI", they call the sidebar "right hand side column" (no big surprise :)) and the units within those "groups". Just speculating of course...

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Sectionized UI...

"With universal search, we're attempting to break down the walls that traditionally separated our various search properties." (said Marissa Mayer in May, googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/0 ...)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Here's another screenshot, courtesy of Sartaj:


blogoscoped.com/files/google-r ...



(Those stars next to YouTube video results – also available in "normal" organic results right now for YouTube stuff – are some of the most useless interface features of Google web results. Either the video is relevant or not, if it's not relevant don't display it, but it's not like I'd now go look for the highest-rated to do the sorting myself in the top 10. But perhaps they are just aimed at drawing extra attention to YouTube resuls?)

Reto Meier [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Huh. I like it. I found universal search a bit cluttered. If I'm searching in the normal Google window I'm looking for a site. I automatically skipped the video / image links a 'noise'. I think having them on the right is far more useful. Just my 2c :)

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I'm with Reto.

If I'm looking for a video, I'll go to Google Video. If I'm looking for an image, I'll go to Google Image Search. If I'm looking for news on Google, I'll come to Google Blogoscoped... hey, wait a minute... ;-)

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

(For anyone interested, here's the source from Valleywag:
blogoscoped.com/files/vitamin- ...

Thanks to Valleywag.com)

Doug [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

This is obviously a test of Ask.com's 3D interface. The units on the right is nearly identical to Ask.

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]Doug, You could also say its a different experiment similar to Google's SearchMash stie.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I think I once read or heard a statement given by Sergey Brin where he suggested that Google tried thumbnails in web results, but then found out users take longer to dig through those kind of results. Whereever was that? I think it was from many years ago (perhaps in video form?).

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I think these RHS-One Boxes would look pretty decent in the LHS Search Navigation experiment:

google.com/search?esrch=Refine ...

Also, I just spotted, "Products" has been renamed to "Shopping" on the Navbar.

Veky [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]Reto: but they are still on the left side too. :-o

[put at-character here]Tony: yes, _you_ go to Google Video, Images, or any of other verticals. But almost nobody does. We the power users are a negligible minority as far as Google's user base is concerned. A friend of mine uses Google regularly, but (until recently) has never used Google Image Search. She didn't even know it existed.

[put at-character here]Philipp: yes, it seems pretty obvious users take longer to parse a full-blown webpage with images, videos, excerpts, suggestions, refinements, and other stuff, than an itemized list of 10 highly uniform search results (title, excerpt, URL). However, Google's objectives have changed. They don't need to worry about someone leaving them because it takes longer to read a SERP. If users leave, it will be because of much bigger things. And in this way they have much better chances for promotions, ad noticing, and generally capturing users' attention for a longer time.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

And another screenshot from Sartaj, this one showing News and Books boxes to the right:


blogoscoped.com/files/google-r ...

Avrohom Eliezer Friedman (AEF) [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Try your search on Yahoo! or Ask or Live????? What the deuce?

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