Thoughts about Wonder Wheel?

8 Jun 2009 - 3:40am
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Ashim
2006

Has anyone used the Wonder Wheel feature in Google search? (On the search
results page, go to 'Show Options' > Wonder Wheel)
I think its a totally different way to approach search and also a great
visualization to display related search results.
Thoughts?

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8 Jun 2009 - 4:33am
Troy Gardner
2008

Neat, hadn't seen that before. Thanks for sharing.

Sadly I found the results irrelevant to the stuff I was searching on.

Funny I just created a semantic network visualizer this weekend. I was
wondering how/when it could apply to normal search and wiki's.

Troy.

8 Jun 2009 - 4:17am
Richard Osborne
2009

The search options are only showing up for some - shame, looks interesting
that.

This reminds me of Kartoo, and old search engine that tried to use a visual
device to link search results, Just checking and it's still going:

http://www.kartoo.com/

It used to default to the visual display, but it looks like you need to use
the icon at the top to the left of 'options' to display them now.

Rich Osborne

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Has anyone used the Wonder Wheel feature in Google search? (On the search
results page, go to 'Show Options' > Wonder Wheel)
I think its a totally different way to approach search and also a great
visualization to display related search results.
Thoughts?

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8 Jun 2009 - 8:55am
Damon Dimmick
2008

I think the wonder wheel is a great idea, but it seems out of place in
the google search page. That's probably more of a "well, how the heck do
we tack THIS thing onto our traditional search" problem.

But the upside is that it serves as an evolving mind map of a search and
lets you easily retrace your steps to get back to search contexts you
may have missed (and to let you choose a more narrow context for which
you might not have anticipated the best wording). To me Wonder-wheel is
to Breadcrums as Subway Map is to spooling a string behind you in order
to retrace your steps if you get lost.

It is not very useful for basic searches, but is excels for searches
about topics which I know little about. It basically provides me with
suggestive context for my searching, and is more useful than a linear
suggestive-typing feature in a search box.

As for the aesthetic, well, that's a different matter. It looks awkward
jammed in there to the right of the results filter menu.

-Damon

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