Google Changing Again

Google Inc. is giving its tried-and-true Web-search formula a makeover as it tries to fix the shortcomings of today’s technology and maintain its dominant market share.

As Google changes, we must at least be aware of the changes. The online world everyday becomes more of our world as well.

Technology without a doubt is guiding how we buy, pay and look for the deals even with offline companies and stores.

Over the next few months, Google’s search engine will begin spitting out more than a list of blue Web links. It will also present more facts and direct answers to queries at the top of the search-results page.

The changes to search are among the biggest in the company’s history and could affect millions of websites that rely on Google’s current page-ranking results. At the same time, they could give Google more ways to serve up advertisements.

Google isn’t replacing its current keyword-search system, which determines the importance of a website based on the words it contains, how often other sites link to it, and dozens of other measures. Rather, the company is aiming to provide more relevant results by incorporating technology called “semantic search,” which refers to the process of understanding the actual meaning of words.

Amit Singhal, a top Google search executive, said in a recent interview that the search engine will better match search queries with a database containing hundreds of millions of “entities”—people, places and things—which the company has quietly amassed in the past two years. Semantic search can help associate different words with one another, such as a company (Google) with its founders ( Larry Page and Sergey Brin).

Google search will look more like “how humans understand the world,” Mr. Singhal said, noting that for many searches today, “we cross our fingers and hope there’s a Web page out there with the answer.” Some major changes will show up in the coming months, people familiar with the initiative said, but Mr. Singhal said Google is undergoing a years-long process to enter the “next generation of search.”

Under the shift, people who search for “Lake Erie” will see key “attributes” that the search engine knows about the lake, such as its location, altitude, average temperature or  content. In contrast, those who search for “Lake Erie” today would get only links to the lake’s visitor bureau website, its dedicated page on Wikipedia.com, and a link to a relevant map.

 

For a more complex question such as, “What are the largest lakes, Google might provide the answer instead of just links to other sites.

Make Success Happen,

Dale Stefancic

 

3 Responsesto “Google Changing Again”

  1. Killer article my friend. Another thing to note is How Google is incorporating “Google +” Into just about everything Google including Google Search.

    I’m sure you’ve noticed “Google Places” (Formerly Google Maps), has morphed yet again into “Google + Local”.

    The more people realize the effect that will have on their local business listings in Google Search (Especially new comers), The more light bulbs will come on in online local marketer’s minds that having a successful business listing (High Ranking) is now and will be ever more dependent on how well they’ve learned to use Google’s excuse for FaceBook – GOOGLE PLUS.

    Good luck to us all.

    Mike C.

  2. kole says:

    Google makes tweaks to their algorythem on a daily basis but yes, it looks like things are changing rather quickly at Google HQ. We shall see how things turn.

  3. Luke says:

    Eventually google will seem like a real person rapidly finding relevant information. At that point it would have passed the Turing test.

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