Fwd: search results display

21 Nov 2006 - 9:06am
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Soo Basu
2005

This may be a stupid question but it leaves me stumped!

Why does google (and other search engines) display the url under each search
result? I mean, it's already hyperlinked to the search result title, right?
Why spend extra line space for each result? Does it help the user to know
the url of the page he may go to?
Any answers?

e.g

Learn *Chinese* Characters <http://zhongwen.com/>*Chinese* language and
culture site with literature from Lao Zi to the present day. Individual *
Chinese* characters linked to English translation.
zhongwen.com/ - 3k -
Cached<http://72.14.235.104/search?q=cache:tTWGSL6tSyYJ:zhongwen.com/+chinese&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1>-
Similar
pages <http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=related:zhongwen.com/>

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21 Nov 2006 - 9:13am
Mark Schraad
2006

I don't know "why" they do it... but the top one is a link presented in a more freindly manor... the bottom one is the actual URL in case you want the specific location..

On Tuesday, November 21, 2006, at 09:08AM, "Sunandini Basu" <sunandinibasu at gmail.com> wrote:
>This may be a stupid question but it leaves me stumped!
>
>Why does google (and other search engines) display the url under each search
>result? I mean, it's already hyperlinked to the search result title, right?
>Why spend extra line space for each result? Does it help the user to know
>the url of the page he may go to?
>Any answers?
>
>
>e.g
>
>Learn *Chinese* Characters <http://zhongwen.com/>*Chinese* language and
>culture site with literature from Lao Zi to the present day. Individual *
>Chinese* characters linked to English translation.
>zhongwen.com/ - 3k -
>Cached<http://72.14.235.104/search?q=cache:tTWGSL6tSyYJ:zhongwen.com/+chinese&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1>-
>Similar
>pages <http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=related:zhongwen.com/>
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21 Nov 2006 - 4:55pm
Teresa Torres
2006

I just recently left a job at a search engine company. We also showed
urls as the last line of the search result. I often questioned
whether this was the best thing to do. I do think that most internet
users don't fully understand urls and don't get a whole lot of value
out of them.

One of the alternatives I explored was replacing the url with a
source. So instead of www.amazon.com/lots_of
long_unreadable_stuff_here.html, just using Amazon or Amazon.com. We
even started classifying web pages so we could label them as say
Product Review from Amazon.com.

However, I was never able to get buy in on these changes. The
strongest arguments against were from people who had long histories
of working at search engine companies and liked things the way they
were. They understood URLs and did get a lot of value out of them.
Not just source, but also file type. The full url also helps to
distinguish between the home page vs. deeper pages. If we just listed
Amazon, instead of a full url, they were concerned people would think
it linked to the home page of Amazon. Unfortunately, I left before we
were able to do any usability testing on this.

Teresa Torres

On Nov 21, 2006, at 6:06 AM, Sunandini Basu wrote:

> This may be a stupid question but it leaves me stumped!
>
> Why does google (and other search engines) display the url under
> each search
> result? I mean, it's already hyperlinked to the search result
> title, right?
> Why spend extra line space for each result? Does it help the user
> to know
> the url of the page he may go to?
> Any answers?
>
>
> e.g
>
> Learn *Chinese* Characters <http://zhongwen.com/>*Chinese* language
> and
> culture site with literature from Lao Zi to the present day.
> Individual *
> Chinese* characters linked to English translation.
> zhongwen.com/ - 3k -
> Cached<http://72.14.235.104/search?
> q=cache:tTWGSL6tSyYJ:zhongwen.com/+chinese&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1>-
> Similar
> pages <http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=related:zhongwen.com/>
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26 Nov 2006 - 9:59am
msweeny
2006

Hello E.G.

My guess is that it allows the user to "see" the destination without
clicking through using the hyperlinked page name. I often scan the results
and the destination. IE allows me to mouseover the hyperlink page name and
see where I will be taken by looking down in the footer bar. Firefox does
not do this with my set up.

Another reason that I'm pleased that they display both is related to the
optimization consulting that I do. I often provide the top 20 finishers for
client keywords/phrases. Displaying the hyperlink along with the description
enables me to copy/paste this information directly into my report when not
using a 3rd-party tool.

For these reasons, I'm glad that they do.

marianne
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Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Fwd: search results display

This may be a stupid question but it leaves me stumped!

Why does google (and other search engines) display the url under each search
result? I mean, it's already hyperlinked to the search result title, right?
Why spend extra line space for each result? Does it help the user to know
the url of the page he may go to?
Any answers?

e.g

Learn *Chinese* Characters <http://zhongwen.com/>*Chinese* language and
culture site with literature from Lao Zi to the present day. Individual *
Chinese* characters linked to English translation.
zhongwen.com/ - 3k -
Cached<http://72.14.235.104/search?q=cache:tTWGSL6tSyYJ:zhongwen.com/+chines
e&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1>-
Similar
pages <http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=related:zhongwen.com/>
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