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New Image Filters: Animations & Transparency

After so many Google features and products have gone to the Google Graveyard, it is nice to see new search features made available. Yesterday, Google announced on G+ that two new image search filters have been introduced: animations and...

Dated Mar 20, 2013 in Google - [#permalink]

The 'New Bing': Now Searching With Facebook

Interested in the New Bing and unable to see it or would you just like a quick overview, now that it is supposed to be available to all U.S. users? See my NewsBreak on the New Bing. While the...

Dated Jun 7, 2012 in Bing | Social Search - [#permalink]

Google Scholar Update in Progress

Google Scholar has announced an update that brings Scholar more in line with other Google properties. Google Scholar is still not linked from the main Google page, but now (if you are getting the new look which is still...

Dated May 21, 2012 in Google - [#permalink]

More Punctuation Searching at Google

Somehow I missed the announcement last month from Google which included a note that Google has started indexing more punctuation marks.  Based on this announcement, it looks like we can start searching with all of the following (some of...

Dated May 14, 2012 in Google - [#permalink]

In-Depth Bing Relaunch Overview

If like me you are not yet seeing all the new Bing features (or if you are outside the U.S. where they have not yet been introduced), Danny provides an excellent and in-depth overview with his Bing Relaunches, Features...

Dated May 11, 2012 in Bing - [#permalink]

Trends Highlighted on Bing

Yesterday I noticed a new left margin icon appearing on some results at Bing. A small, grey, curved, upward arrow shows up just to the left of the title on results that are "trending" on Facebook and/or Twitter. These...

Google Resurrects Realtime? No, Just More News Noise

Google News has announced a few changes: "Realtime" news Larger images on main page Integration of Google+ content But no, this is not a new version of Google Realtime search that searched Twitter and other social networks and was...

Dated May 4, 2012 in Google | News Search - [#permalink]

New Bing Results Page Live in U.S.: What's Missing?

Late last night I started seeing the new Bing user interface live on results pages in all my browsers. I first saw it last week in a slightly different version, but now it is official and has been reported...

Dated May 2, 2012 in Bing | User Interface - [#permalink]

New Bing User Interface Test

I see or hear about all kinds of Google user interface changes tested by being made available to a small fraction of users. Yesterday I came across one from Bing. The main changes I noticed: History gone Related searches...

Dated Apr 24, 2012 in Bing | User Interface - [#permalink]

Google Adds "Top Answers"

After panning Google earlier today for non-search changes like the addition of Play and disappearing search tools experiment, I should give them credit for a potentially useful search results change. Barry reported on SearchEngineLand that for some results from the...

Dated Mar 28, 2012 in Google | Opinion Searching - [#permalink]

Google Plays & Experiments with Collapsible Search Sidebar

Google Play, the new combined online Google store for music, books, and Android apps, is now being featured prominently in the top Google bar, highlighted with a "NEW" superscript. Clicking the Play link does not transfer a search that you...

Dated Mar 28, 2012 in Google | User Interface - [#permalink]

Tried Yandex? Russian Search Engine Available in English

The search engine Yandex is big in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus,Kazakhstan, and Turkey, and an alpha version in English has also been available for awhile. Yandex builds its own search engine databases and currently has a web, images, and video...

Dated Mar 16, 2012 in New Search Engines | Yandex - [#permalink]

Google: Advertising Company & the Corporate-Mandated Focus

It is always interesting to hear people's rationale about leaving or joining a company. Yesterday a former Googler hit hard with "The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I...

Dated Mar 14, 2012 in Google - [#permalink]

Advanced Search Changes

Back in November, Google launched and then withdrew a new advanced search page. The new version is back, if you can find it, and it is improved over the buggy November version. I do like the new look and...

Dated Mar 13, 2012 in Google - [#permalink]

Cache Keyword Highlighting Disappears When Logged In

Google Operating System reports in Bring Back Keyword Highlighting to Google Cache that logged in users have lost the ability to have search words highlighted when looking at Google's cached copy of a web page. "For some reason, Google's...

Dated Mar 8, 2012 in Archived Pages | Google - [#permalink]

Tilde Tricks at Google

Google's expanded synonym operator, the tilde (which must be right before the word with no space as in ~cancer), can be used in some interesting ways. Garrett French's "The Link Prospector's Guide to the Tilde" from yesterday gives several ideas...

Dated Mar 7, 2012 in Google - [#permalink]

Blekko to Add Ads

MediaPost reports that Blekko will begin experimenting with search ads. The report is that Blekko will use ads from Google or Bing. At this point, I do not yet see any advertising appearing, but it bodes well for a...

Dated Feb 16, 2012 in Blekko - [#permalink]

Google Bar Goes Back to Top, but Still Forgets Scholar

Back in November, Google started launching a new interface it dubbed the Google Bar. At that time, in my comparison between the old and the new versions, I was dismayed by the removal of several databases from the drop...

Dated Feb 14, 2012 in Google - [#permalink]

Volunia: A First Look

Volunia, a new search engine from Massimo Marchiori in Italy, was announced several months ago and promised a new kind of searching. In beta, its tag line is "Seek & Meet" emphasizing the social aspects of the search engine....

Dated Feb 9, 2012 in Volunia - [#permalink]

New Bing Design Being Tested

Some reports and screenshots are surfacing from searchers seeing a new user interface and look at Bing. Like with Google, these user interface (UI) experiments are probably being shown to a small fraction of searchers and responses are being...

Dated Dec 8, 2011 in Bing - [#permalink]

Google Advanced Search Showdown

Big changes are coming to the Google Advanced Search, but they have been intermittent in appearing and we may not yet see the final format. Right before Thanksgiving (here in the U.S.) there were numerous reports of the new...

Dated Dec 7, 2011 in Google - [#permalink]

New Google Interface Forgets Scholar

Tuesday, Google announced a new interface for its front page and search results, removing the black bar at the top with links to other databases and the options gear and moving those choices to a mouse-over, drop-down list that from...

Dated Dec 2, 2011 in Google - [#permalink]

App Search Engine Quixey

For the many people (at least in my part of the world) that do not yet own smart phones or run around with iPads or other tablets, the whole app store idea can seem strange way to spend lots of...

Dated May 30, 2011 in Mobile Search - [#permalink]

New Google News Settings and Source Look Ups

Google News has new search settings available that provide several new features. It lets searchers choose to specify certain news sources for exclusion or from which to get more or less news. In addition, for those news sources tagged as...

Dated May 18, 2011 in Google | News Search - [#permalink]

New Sidebar Options: Reading Level and Dictionary

Back in December, when Google first introduced its reading level limit on the advanced search page, I thought it strange that it appeared there and not in the "search tools" section of the sidebar since most of the new advanced...

Dated Apr 11, 2011 in Google - [#permalink]

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