Posts Tagged ‘suggestions’

Google Offers Location-Sensitive Search

January 15, 2010

Google has announced that it is to offer location-sensitive search as an option for those of us with Android-based devices or Apple’s iPhone to offer more accurate search results.

According to a post on the Google Mobile blog from members of Google’s mobile engineering team, the project is should allow for search results to be prioritised based on a user’s current location. The example given is one in which a user searches for the word “Muse” and the suggestions that appear vary according to location. For those in the Boston example, suggestions included “museum of science boston” and “museum of fine arts boston.”



YouTube Wants More of Your Time

December 31, 2009

YouTube might well serve over a billion videos a day, but it turns out the average user only spends fifteen minutes a day on the service… something that YouTube wants to rectify.

According to the New York Times, the folks at YouTube are working on tightening up the suggested videos that the video streaming service shows its users in an attempt to have them spend more time on the site per day. YouTube’s director of product management, Hunter Walk, aside from having a very impressive name, is working on the problem, and he sees telly as the model to emulate, saying,

“Our average user spends 15 minutes a day on the site. They spend about five hours in front of the television. People say ‘YouTube is so big,’ but I really see that we have a ways to go.”


Google Rolls Out Similar Images Search

October 28, 2009

Google has announced that it’s rolling out a “Find Similar Images” feature to its search engine, which essentially adds a link to allow users to find more images of exactly what they’re looking at without necessarily needing to know what it’s called.


The new feature had been available to anyone who wanted to go routing around in the Google Labs tab and activate it, but now it’s been rolled out to the general, image searching public. Google’s own example of how image searching works is to search for images of Ancient Egypt. If a user wants to see more images of the sphinx, the pyramids or artwork, then the “Find similar images” link is a welcome bonus.