Googles SearchMash For Testing
Google have created a brand new search page that contains none of the usual google branding or logos in order to test new concepts, user interfaces and features without the google brand skewing peoples opinions on it.
Some of the searchmash features include being able to move results up and down by clicking and dragging the number on the left and by clicking the green URL under the result you are able to select various options, such as.
- open the listing in the current window
- a new window
- to see more pages from that web site
- to find similar pages.
You will also be able to see image results on the right hand side, Though the layout is broke in firefox for me and it displays images underneath. I really doubt the automatic image search will be pushed over to the regular google search page as images tend to throw up some fairly fruity images no matter what you search for.
Danny Sullivan, From searchenginewatch sent google a few questions about their new search page;
Q. When did this go up from Google?
- Very recently.
- SearchMash is an experimental search site operated by Google. The goal of SearchMash is to test innovative user interfaces in order to continually improve the overall search experience for our users.
- The site does not include Google branding to help us gather more objective data about user response to new interfaces.
- There is no guarantee that the features tested on SearchMash will be seen on Google search. As with all of our experiments, one of the main factors we will consider is user response to the feature and how well it addresses their needs.
- This site is only a test and has traffic limitations so may be unavailable at times.
Q. Why is it not on Google Labs?
- Google Labs continues to be a great site for Google to launch new products that may not be ready for prime time yet, frequently and quickly. In this case, one of the important factors we wanted to address was the influence that may come from Google branding. Creating a separate site will help us gather more objective data about user response to new interfaces.