It’s here, a new beta within Google results and Google image results that will pull information from your friends and make Search results more social.Â Facebook has been working with the technology for a while and just has not yet made the connection that results in a tool that people are using for search, but on the other hand Google may have the technology but not the ‘friend’ base to make it the success it could be.
More easily find relevant blogs, reviews and other public content from your social circle.
Sign in to Google and do a search. If there’s relevant web content written by people in your social circle, it will automatically show up at the bottom of your search results under a section called “Results from people in your social circle.”
To see even more social content you can click the “Show options” link at the top of the results page and then click on the “Social” link.
What is your social circle? It’s a combination of your Gmail chat buddies, your Gmail contacts friends, family and co-worker groups, and people you’re publicly connected to on other social sites (such as Twitter and FriendFeed). Learn more about social search.
This experiment is only available for searches from the google.com domain, and your interface language must be set to English.
When you go in to Google images to do a search you will start to see the Social designation, this is being turned on for users over the next few days.Â So the images you see will be marked that they are from the friends in your social circle (you may have to opt in to the beta program).
The good news, if you sign out of your Google account the results will go back to the ordinary personalized search results we are all used to seeing now.Â Have fun playing iwth this one, it may make us all put more effort in to expanding our Google friends … or might just go stale on the branch until Google and FaceBook decide to play together more.
What is your experience with this new addition to Google Search results?Â
Emily Leach – SEO Analyst