Remember Bing's recent announcement that they would redesign search? Part of that is a redesign of Bing's search result page, and the new snapshot bar that is attached to the main search results listing. The idea here was to provide searchers with relevant and related information about the search they have conducted. The new feature is being rolled out on Bing U.S. first, and then later on for localized Bing versions.
Google today announced the launch of Knowledge Graph in the U.S., and guess what it resembles? Right, Bing's Snapshot Bar. While there has certainly been not enough time to react on Bing's announcement that fast, it is surprising that both companies made the decision to add a sidebar to search that is displaying related contents.
The Knowledge Graph enables you to search for things, people or places that Google knows about—landmarks, celebrities, cities, sports teams, buildings, geographical features, movies, celestial objects, works of art and more—and instantly get information that’s relevant to your query. This is a critical first step towards building the next generation of search, which taps into the collective intelligence of the web and understands the world a bit more like people do.
According to the announcement, the Knowledge Graph is enhancing search in three ways:
The database that Google is currently tapping in contains 500 million objects, and more than 3.5 billion facts. The Knowledge Graph is currently being rolled out to users of Google's U.S. search engine.
It is interesting to note that the screenshots shown by Google on the official blog do not show any advertisement. It is not clear where ads will be placed, but it is likely that we will see them in their usual spots in the search results (which means above the organic results, and in the sidebar, like mixed in the sidebar contents).
It is likely that the majority of users will find the display of information useful. For Google, it is another step into a "the Internet needs only one page" future, trying to keep searchers and users longer on their own properties. I had no chance to test the change yet, and would like to know if the company links to the public sources they use.
What's your take on the Knowledge Graph feature?
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