Google Similar Pages is an add-on for the Google Chrome web browser that can help you in the discovery of related or similar websites by suggesting these sites to you when you are visiting websites in Chrome.
One of the advantages of the Google Chrome browser is that Google is actively developing extensions for it. That's an advantage because it ensures that users do not have to worry (too much) about security, and that popular Google services are supported as extensions for the web browser.
Google Similar Pages suggests similar pages to the one you are on. While this may not be for everyone, it is certainly interesting if you like to discover new websites based on sites that you are visiting.
It does not matter which sites you are visiting, your favorite tech blog, email services, file hosting websites, shopping sites or search engines as suggestions may be displayed for all of them.
This is usually something that can also be achieved with searches in search engines, but the extension makes the process comfortable thanks to its integration in the web browser.
The extension places an icon in the header toolbar of the Google Chrome web browser. It displays a small overlay window upon activation that suggests
four eight websites that Google has determined to be similar to the one displayed in the browser tab.
A click on the button while visiting Google's main website for instance suggests Yahoo, Bing, MSN and Wikipedia. It is sometimes the case that some of the suggestions are not that similar. Wikipedia and MSN for instance are not search engines, and alternatives such as Startpage or DuckDuckGo may have been picked by human curators instead.
Google could for instance improve the suggestion for their homepage by removing MSN and Wikipedia from the list of suggestions to replace them with search engine suggestions.
It would also be nice if there would be an option to display more than
four eight suggestions for similar page but an option to do so is not provided unfortunately.
Google Similar Pages is an extension for the Google Chrome web browser. It is available on the official Google Chrome extension website where it can be installed directly.
Update: The extension returns eight results by default now instead of four. That's the only change however as there is still no option to adjust the number of results the extension displays. Plus, it appears broken in Chromium.
The newest version looks different on top of all that.
It uses less screen estate when opened, and the extension icon is placed in the address bar itself, and not the Chrome main toolbar anymore.
Google Similar Pages for Google Chrome helps you discover new web pages that are similar to the one you are on. It works fairly well, and does not get in your way when you don't use it.
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