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)
User Experience Consultant
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.
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)
> Leisa Reichelt
> User Experience Consultant
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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?
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 ...