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The Rebirth of Google Scout

By - April 04, 2006

Back in the late 1990s Google launched a feature called Google Scout, which showed you links related to a link you chose on Google. It was a clever use of PageRank, but it never caught on. Well, Google has relaunched the concept, this time as….”related links,” and instead of making it a feature on Google’s site, you can put it on your own site. Innaresting.


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5 thoughts on “The Rebirth of Google Scout

  1. I’d completely forgotten about Google Scout! BTW, very interesting talk at Salesforce, thanks. I was the guy in the back asking if you knew were social bookmarking and tagging were going to take us.

  2. but Google never got rid of scout, there is a link to ‘similar pages’ off of every single search result, taking up very valuable screen real estate and user attention, despite the fact that the feature is really poor. or at least it used to be…

  3. Teddie says:

    Funnily enough I spotted some Google Scout links the other day on the old http://www.google.com/mentalplex/MP_results.html April fools 2000 page, but they just looked the same as ‘similar results’ related: searches.

  4. Keith Cash says:

    Funny how things that were once old are new again.

  5. Derek Leung says:

    What the hell is Google Scout?!?!?