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Sander [PersonRank 4]

Wednesday, August 23, 2006
16 years ago4,019 views

I think I've seen this before somewhere, can't remember where.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

Google Maps were available as onebox (above Google search results) before:
http://blogoscoped.com/archive/2006-07-15-n27.html

Don Singleton [PersonRank 0]

16 years ago #

I notice in the search bar http://www.google.com/search?hs=5xz....

When I did a search on "kai pradel" I got http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=kai+pradel&btnG=Google+Search

Matt Cutts [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

Sharp eyes. We're always running tests of different ways to improve search or the UI.

Sohil [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

And how do these tests work (or help) ? Do you track user movements along the page and see how they react ?

Matt Cutts [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

It depends on the test, Sohil. You look to see how users respond to a feature. For example, if no one uses it, that's a bad sign. :) But if it gets a lot of regular people using that feature, that bodes well. So oftentimes we'll track the clicks and usage of the new feature.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

Matt, have Google ever considered letting (at least some) users choose which interfaces / features they'd like to see? Surely that would give a good indication of which are preferred. (Or would scaling be a problem?)

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

Hey Matt
just a question too (not obliged to do a video to respond us!) : how the "testers" are selected? Really at random, or you select the users with their behavior? For example, someone who no ofen use Google Maps a lot will be selected for the test, or something like that?
thanks

PS : Yahoo, MSN and other never do tests, or it just because nobody talk about it (or they have no user enough ^^)

Sohil [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

[put at-character here]Tom, I think it's both or because they're ignorant.

Thanks for the reply Matt.

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