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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Google Movies

Google just unveiled a new search operator: “movie.” You can now type e.g. “movie: matrix” to see an automated rating system – from one to five stars – as well as a collection of reviews.

If you click on the “review” link next to the search result, you will be taken to a page with further details. It will show a larger and more precise rating (like “3.7 of 5” stars) and it will show more review snippets. You will also instantly see the online magazine this review is taken from, its author, and sometimes, the date. You can then change your search to show only positive or only negative reviews.

Furthermore, there will be a search function to search only in these reviews now. And as additional bonus you will see a list of related terms which often appear in these reviews. For example, “The Matrix Reloaded (2003)” will show you the terms Keanu Reeves, special effects, Agent Smith, and more.

But reviews is not all there is to it. You can also use this new search type to remember forgotten movie titles. For example, type “movie: tom hanks sitting on bench,” and there will be a single result: “Forrest Gump (1994).”

The movie review operator is integrated seamlessly into the main Google web search. Which proves two things: Google never sleeps, and they didn’t lose their focus on search while concentrating on so many other projects. The movie search is a great new add-on which works remarkably smooth... and brings us one step closer to the semantic web, without actually having a Semantic Web.

[Thanks Daniel Goldman, Ades.]


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