Is Google trying to use human intelligence toimprove search results?

15 Jul 2008 - 9:49am
6 years ago
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Meredith Noble
2010

> Aiding my wife in playing around with a dream, I searched for "france
> immigration" in Google. I got the following result set:
>
> http://tinyurl.com/6pzdd7

Fred, thanks for pointing this out! You don't happen to have a
screenshot of what you see when you click "Know of a better..." do you?
I'm curious whether they wanted you to enter just a URL or also details
about why it was a good page, whether you needed a Google account, etc.

They must be A/B testing it as I just repeated the search and don't see
the recommendation link.

I can't imagine that any normal person would have the time or
inclination to "fix" a search that didn't perform well for them --
rather, it seems the people who would be most motivated would be
spammers and corporations. This will be an interesting one to watch.

If anyone has more info, do share!

Meredith

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15 Jul 2008 - 10:17am
Fred Beecher
2006

On 7/15/08, Meredith Noble <meredith at usabilitymatters.com> wrote:
>
>
> Fred, thanks for pointing this out! You don't happen to have a
> screenshot of what you see when you click "Know of a better..." do you?
> I'm curious whether they wanted you to enter just a URL or also details
> about why it was a good page, whether you needed a Google account, etc.

I've taken additional screenshots and have added the lot to a set. I also
noticed additional icons next to each result:

http://tinyurl.com/64w8yv

If anyone has more info, do share!

Someone commented on the first image I put up... there was an article on
TechMeme about this:

http://www.techmeme.com/080715/p9#a080715p9

15 Jul 2008 - 10:29am
Marielle Winarto
2008

Google is experimenting with the feature "Edit search results". More info
on: http://www.google.com/support/faqs/?editresults

"Know of a better page" is just one of the features they are testing. The
others are:
- Like it?
- Don't like it?
- Make a comment

As I understand it, user input will mainly affect their personalized
results. In this way, spam shouldn't be a problem.

Marielle Winarto

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