Earlier this year, Google added a feature called Search Engine About this result. By tapping on the three dot icon next to most results, the tool lets you know more before navigating to the website. With the initial rollout of About Results, Google displays information from Wikipedia, and, if it is not available, pulls what it can from one of its services. The panel also included details of the website as it was first indexed by the company and if you can expect a secure connection.
Today, Google is strengthening those panels by adding variety to the information they display. To get started, in addition to a description from Wikipedia, you will see what each website says about itself in its own words. You’ll also see what others have to say about them – be it through reviews or a simple news article. In the “About topics” section, Google will include other coverage or results from a variety of sources.
As before, the idea behind this results feature is that you need to save an additional search if you want to know more about when you are going to visit a website. Google also sees this as a way to help you make more informed decisions about how you use the Internet and provide peace of mind if you search for important information on important topics.
In addition to these “data literacy features”, the company today announced new features on its results pages during its search on events. These are called Things to Not, refine this search, expand this search, and find out more about different topics related to its results. Things to know, for example, will draw you into the basics you need to understand a new topic, while refining and expanding your search will help you explore related issues.
Google search users in the United States will see today’s expansion in the coming weeks and months.
Cherlin Lowe contributed to this post.
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