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November 12, 2011

Thumbnails in Google Blog Search

Just like Google News, Google Blog Search started to show small thumbnails next to the search results. The images that illustrate blog posts are sometimes more helpful than the title or the snippet when you're trying to find a relevant result.

Back in 2008, Google launched a new homepage for Blog Search that included the most interesting stories in the blogosphere. Google clustered related posts and used thumbnails to illustrate them. The homepage no longer includes the top blog posts, but one of its features is now available for all blog posts: thumbnails.

{ Thanks, Herin. }


  1. Anyone know what heuristics Google uses to determine what image to use? Does it still use <link name="image_src">?

  2. That is cool! It will make the search looks more interesting.


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