Google appears to be working on a new experimental feature that would let users respond to links in search results via text, images and stickers, 9to5Google reported.
Why we care. There is already a lot of competition for attention in Google’s search results. If this search feature graduates from Labs, there will be even more competition in the SERPs, which could impact your organic search traffic.
Commentary and images. People can “leave public commentary on individual webpages that appear in Google Search results,” according to the report. This could come as a note (e.g., how you improved a recipe) or share a picture (e.g., a dish you created based on a recipe).
Friendly and helpful. The default text advises searchers to share their thoughts on links while keeping it “friendly and helpful.” Notes will be moderated.
There will also be a social component that lets you like Notes from other users. Also:
- “Once you post, your profile picture and name will be visible to other Google users. Personal details like your email address won’t be public.”
Not for all pages. The following types of pages are not eligible:
- Medical information
- Violent content.
What this is not. This is not Web Stories or Post on Google for Google Business Profiles. This is a new feature that is expected to be on Android and iOS devices.
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Danny Goodwin has been Managing Editor of Search Engine Land & Search Marketing Expo – SMX since 2022. He joined Search Engine Land in 2022 as Senior Editor. In addition to reporting on the latest search marketing news, he manages Search Engine Land’s SME (Subject Matter Expert) program. He also helps program U.S. SMX events. Goodwin has been editing and writing about the latest developments and trends in search and digital marketing since 2007. He previously was Executive Editor of Search Engine Journal (from 2017 to 2022), managing editor of Momentology (from 2014-2016) and editor of Search Engine Watch (from 2007 to 2014). He has spoken at many major search conferences and virtual events, and has been sourced for his expertise by a wide range of publications and podcasts.
Google upgrades search engine with AI-powered enhancements
Google introduced a series of enhancements to its search engine on Aug. 15, incorporating advanced generative artificial intelligence (AI) features it says will enhance online information discovery and comprehension.
The recent update extends the foundation of the company’s Search Generative Experience (SGE), which was introduced in beta earlier in 2023. SGE empowers users with AI-driven contextual overviews and suggestions intended to enhance search results.
Generative AI concentrates on crafting novel content by drawing from existing sources. Prominent tools like ChatGPT can generate text-based outputs like poems and summaries from past knowledge.
Image showing the newly-introduced SGE function. Source: GoogleThe introduced SGE feature is currently undergoing initial testing. Once activated, users can tap a button while perusing a webpage to access an AI-generated summary of the page’s core topics. Each point is hyperlinked to the relevant section, facilitating quick navigation within lengthy or intricate articles.
The AI engine developed by Google examines webpage content to pinpoint central themes. According to Rany Ng, Google’s product lead, this process aids individuals in “enhancing comprehension and understanding of information,” whether attempting to comprehend intricate concepts or locate specific details.
Microsoft’s Bing Chat has already introduced comparable summarization functions, preceding Google’s deployment of generative AI in February. Yet, Google claims its advantage lies in its expertise in comprehending web content and semantics.
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Additional enhancements in the SGE target the comprehension of technical subjects. AI-generated coding summaries will showcase highlighted syntax, simplifying understanding. Similarly, hovering over unfamiliar terms in AI-generated responses will reveal definitions and relevant diagrams.
Google claims that generative AI improves search functions and enables individuals to discover novel perspectives and insights more effortlessly. Nonetheless, some experts caution that excessive dependence on AI could potentially erode individual analytical abilities.
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Google’s new feature removes personal information from search results
Are you tired of your personal information being available on search engines? Let’s be honest. Who isn’t? Well, now Google is updating its privacy tool to make it more powerful and easier than ever to remove your personal information from their search engine.
Google’s ‘Results about You’ tool was rolled out last year. Google says it’s been working hard to make things better since it first launched its software.
It launched with the intention of allowing people to request the removal of personal information that pops up during Google searches. Personal information can include a phone number, email address, physical address or even unwanted images.
Now, it is not possible to block your name on Google, or any other search engine such as Bing or Yahoo. However, you can request the removal of Google search results that divulge your personal information.
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It’s easier than ever to get your personal information removed from Google results. (CyberGuy.com)
Easily remove your personal information from GoogleThe biggest change is that now you can find your information on Google without going through the hassle of searching for it yourself.
You simply enter your information, and the dashboard will compile a list of sites that contain any matches. You can then submit a request to have the information removed pronto after reviewing these pages. On Google’s hub, you can view the status of all the requests you have made.
Stay up-to-date with Google’s new push notifications for personal informationAnother addition is you can now receive push notifications that alert you when new results of your information pop up on Google. This makes it much easier for you as you don’t have to constantly reenter your information in the dashboard to check for matches.
These notifications will tell how many search results on the internet show your personal information. You can then take action on this information and request that the details be taken off the internet.