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May 11, 2009

New Search Features at Google Searchology

Google will host a press event called Searchology on Tuesday, two years after launching universal search. According to Google, the event will "offer an insider's perspective on Search including recent search innovations. Speakers will include VP of Search Engineering, Udi Manber, and VP of Search Products and User Experience, Marissa Mayer." Even if you didn't get an invitation, you'll be able to see the presentations through a webcast.

Who: Google Inc.
What: Live webcast of Google's upcoming Searchology press event to be held at its Mountain View, Calif. headquarters.
When: Tuesday, May 12th, 10:00am – 11:30am PDT

Google didn't mention anything about product launches, but I suspect that the search engine will include some new features that have been tested in the past months. Google wants to expose some advanced search options that allow you to refine the results without opening a new page. The options are available in a sidebar that's collapsed by default, but it can be expanded by clicking on "Show options".

You'll be able to restrict the results to forums, videos, reviews and recent pages. There's an option that lets you customize the snippets by making them longer or by showing thumbnails, much like Cuil. Google wants to make the process of refining queries more fun and exploratory by adding a "wonder wheel" of suggestions.

{ Thanks, Alex. }

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