Google SearchWiki

21 Nov 2008 - 8:00am
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Jack L. Moffett
2005

Have you played with Google's new SearchWiki features?

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/searchwiki-make-search-your-own.html

I think Google has done some really nice interaction design on these
new features. They've added some very useful functionality that will
fundamentally change the way we use search. Where once search results
were generic and out of the users control—dependent on search
optimization and "Google Foo"—we now have the ability to take some
control of the results, turning Google into more of a personal
research tool, rather than just a search engine.

And, somewhat surprisingly, the UI design is quite elegant. Animated
transitions utilizing fades and transparency make it perfectly clear
what is happening. Temporal, in-line messages help you learn how the
new features work on the fly.

Very well done, Google! I applaud you.

Best,
Jack

Jack L. Moffett
Interaction Designer
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24 Nov 2008 - 2:07am
Jarod Tang
2007

Hi Jack,

Yep, agree it's a good idea. but i"m not sure it's in user's mental
flow while HE/SHE searches for something (cause modify the rank is not
naturally in a seacher's mind even he thinks something more
interesting or not).

my 2 cents.

Regards,
Jarod

On Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 10:00 PM, Jack Moffett <jmoffett at inmedius.com> wrote:
> Have you played with Google's new SearchWiki features?
>
> http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/searchwiki-make-search-your-own.html
>
> I think Google has done some really nice interaction design on these new
> features. They've added some very useful functionality that will
> fundamentally change the way we use search. Where once search results were
> generic and out of the users control—dependent on search optimization and
> "Google Foo"—we now have the ability to take some control of the results,
> turning Google into more of a personal research tool, rather than just a
> search engine.
>
> And, somewhat surprisingly, the UI design is quite elegant. Animated
> transitions utilizing fades and transparency make it perfectly clear what is
> happening. Temporal, in-line messages help you learn how the new features
> work on the fly.
>
> Very well done, Google! I applaud you.
>
> Best,
> Jack
>
>
>
> Jack L. Moffett
> Interaction Designer
> inmedius
> 412.459.0310 x219
> http://www.inmedius.com
>
>
> First, recognize that the 'right' requirements
> are in principle unknowable by users, customers
> and designers at the start.
>
> Devise the design process, and the formal
> agreement between designers and customers and users,
> to be sensitive to what is learnt by any of the
> parties as the design evolves.
>
> - J.C. Jones
>
>
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24 Nov 2008 - 3:35am
Danny Hope
2008

2008/11/24 Jarod Tang <jarod.tang at gmail.com>:
> …i"m not sure it's in user's mental
> flow while HE/SHE searches for something (cause modify the rank is not
> naturally in a seacher's mind…

I agree – for me the extra controls distract from the task in hand.

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24 Nov 2008 - 6:11am
Jack L. Moffett
2005

Jarod,

For me, it was a completely natural extension of the search activity.
As soon as I saw the new buttons, I began removing the results that
didn't apply and were muddying up my list and promoting the ones that
I knew were valid results. I only wish it then filled in results from
the next page. I think these features are less useful than they would
be if not limited to a single page of results.

As for the commenting, I don't see a case yet in which I would find it
useful.

Best,
Jack

On Nov 24, 2008, at 3:07 AM, Jarod Tang wrote:

> Hi Jack,
>
> Yep, agree it's a good idea. but i"m not sure it's in user's mental
> flow while HE/SHE searches for something (cause modify the rank is not
> naturally in a seacher's mind even he thinks something more
> interesting or not).
>
> my 2 cents.
>
> Regards,
> Jarod
>

Jack L. Moffett
Interaction Designer
inmedius
412.459.0310 x219
http://www.inmedius.com

First, recognize that the ‘right’ requirements
are in principle unknowable by users, customers
and designers at the start.

Devise the design process, and the formal
agreement between designers and customers and users,
to be sensitive to what is learnt by any of the
parties as the design evolves.

- J.C. Jones

24 Nov 2008 - 7:19am
Jarod Tang
2007

Hi Jack,

On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 8:11 PM, Jack Moffett <jmoffett at inmedius.com> wrote:
> Jarod,
>
> For me, it was a completely natural extension of the search activity. As
> soon as I saw the new buttons, I began removing the results that didn't
> apply and were muddying up my list and promoting the ones that I knew were
> valid results.
LoL, your activity more looks like you are working for a search engine
company, :).

Regards,
Jarod

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24 Nov 2008 - 10:27am
Pietro Desiato
2008

A first step towards something interesting. I don't think it's so
useful now since my contributions won't influence others' searches.
It seems that every service is expanding itself in so many ways that
they will look very similar in the end. Is it what the users want? I
am sure that all this contribution hype is going to explode in a
negative way: I don't see a clear project guiding all this. What do
you guys think?

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24 Nov 2008 - 5:25am
Jose E.
2008

Only a small percent of searchers will use this feature though. Is not
distracting for me till now, but I don't use it at all... till now.
Is a good idea, hope the results are getting better this way.

my2cents

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27 Nov 2008 - 10:06am
Jarod Tang
2007

Yep, you address on interesting issue, the new feature dont attract
while it's not distract ( of use user's action flow).

At least, it dont make things worse ( i'm not sure if this make the
loading of search result slower than before, :))

Regards,
Jarod

On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 7:25 PM, Jose E. <tank6b at gmail.com> wrote:
> Only a small percent of searchers will use this feature though. Is not
> distracting for me till now, but I don't use it at all... till now.
> Is a good idea, hope the results are getting better this way.
>
> my2cents
>
>
>
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27 Nov 2008 - 12:41pm
Joe Lanman
2007

I find it distracting and I don't see much benefit for myself as an
individual user - I hardly ever perform the same search more than once, so
why put in the effort to improve it?

2 Dec 2008 - 1:17pm
Jason Pamental
2008

I think that the interesting direction here is that if enough users
make use of the feature, that aggregate data could then be trickled
back into the page ranking algorithm. It seems to directly correlate
to a page's popularity based on links to it. If, given a similar
query, more users find particular pages useful and say so with a vote
- a general indication of the value of that page can be derived.
Obviously this has to be tempered with techniques to avoid 'spamming'
the results - but I suspect that Google has thought of that!

As others have said - an interesting start. And I did find myself
clicking on a result or two voting them 'up' before I really knew what
the feature was all about. Pretty easy to grasp.

Cheers,

Jason

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2 Dec 2008 - 3:58pm
Fredrik Matheson
2005

The search wiki interaction design will be a huge boon to intranets
everywhere. Imagine fixing the results in situ, instead of having to tweak
all that metadata to get a decent result. Finally we can get good first
results pages for just about any search, with less fuss.
Visually, I think Google could take a cue from how Yahoo presents embedded
YouTube videos in its search results (e.g. http://is.gd/1fNB).

By making the controls visible onMouseOver, we'd have a less cluttered
interface.

- Fredrik

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