Fwd: search results display

21 Nov 2006 - 8:14am
8 years ago
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Leisa Reichelt
2006

here's a few ideas :)

showing the URL allows the user to evaluate where the result is coming
from (what website), and allows them to do at least two things:

- evaluate the credibility/quality of the result based on the URL
based on familiarity and unfamiliarity before clicking through.

- identify the result they are seeking if they are specifically
seeking a result from a known URL but need to 'recognise' the URL
(because they're unable to recall it)

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www.disambiguity.com

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21 Nov 2006 - 10:08am
dcooney at umich.edu
2006

I agree with Leisa. People can judge the context of the result based on
who's providing it. Displaying the link (vs. needing to mouse over to
see the link) allows for a quick scan of context before clicking.

Dan Cooney

Quoting Leisa Reichelt <leisa.reichelt at gmail.com>:

> here's a few ideas :)
>
> showing the URL allows the user to evaluate where the result is coming
> from (what website), and allows them to do at least two things:
>
> - evaluate the credibility/quality of the result based on the URL
> based on familiarity and unfamiliarity before clicking through.
>
> - identify the result they are seeking if they are specifically
> seeking a result from a known URL but need to 'recognise' the URL
> (because they're unable to recall it)
>
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>
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21 Nov 2006 - 4:16pm
Josh Seiden
2003

My guess is that it allows easy copy and paste--at least that's what I use
it for. It's a pain in the @$$ to select and copy a hyperlink.

> 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?

21 Nov 2006 - 7:42pm
Nasir Barday
2006

Showing the full URLs can also provide context for the part of the site it
came from, e.g. the product purchase page vs. its review page vs. a posting
on the site's forums that mentions the product.

Seems like a good catch-all for when meta-data parsing doesn't hold up. I'm
pretty sure my mom doesn't understand URLs, and Google search results
haven't confused her yet ...

- Nasir

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