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Google Experiment: Digg Meets Custom Search

By - July 15, 2008

Thanks to Lost Remote, I found this post from a fellow who found an interesting Google experiment in crowdsourced SERP personalization, what they call “Edit Search Results.”

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From the FAQ:



This feature allows you influence your search experience by adding, moving, and removing search results. When you search for the same keywords again while you are logged in to your Google account, you’ll continue to see those changes. If you later want to revert your changes, you can undo any modifications you’ve made.

Note: This is an experimental feature served to a random selection of participants and may be available for only a few weeks.

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7 thoughts on “Google Experiment: Digg Meets Custom Search

  1. JG says:

    When you search for the same keywords again while you are logged in to your Google account, you’ll continue to see those changes.

    So essentially, this lets me do..what? Turn Google into a personal bookmarking tool?

    What I’d rather see is some sort of way of modifying the search results.. for queries that I haven’t yet run, myself.

    One way of doing this, that has been done for 15-20 years, is metasearch (ranked list fusion). When will Google let me mashup its results, with the new Yahoo BOSS results?

  2. Wow..this is something else. We suppose this is a good thing for consumers…putting more pressure on websites to get their descriptions correct and intriguing enough for people not to X them out of future searces.

  3. oyun oyna says:

    Wow..this is something else. We suppose this is a good thing for consumers…Thanks John.

  4. I’ve tried to use it, but I did not saw any of it in my Google Searches… but I think it will be cool.

  5. nmw says:

    At first I didn’t get what this was about — didn’t Google already try this a couple years ago?

    There are at least 2 reasons why this won’t work:

    1. Google has no focused community (whether experts or enthusiasts or whatever) — comparatively, Google makes myspace and/or facebook look like coherent communities (which is, if you think about it, actually quite laughable).

    2. Smart and/or educated people stopped using Google for information retrieval a long time ago. It is still used by novices to search for ebay or yahoo or maybe even cnn or microsoft. What would a negative vote for yahoo or a positive vote for CNN tell me? Would it mean that if someone were to type in “yahoo” Google should present “cnn” instead?

    The reason why they tinker with such bells and whistles at all is just to amuse people in the lull of the summer vacation — so this is really just a waste of time….

  6. sef says:

    t is still used by novices to search for ebay or yahoo or maybe even cnn or microsoft nice.

  7. Astra says:

    And what about russian social systems??