SearchWiki: make search your own
The Official Google Blog, November 20, 2008
Today we’re launching SearchWiki, a way for you to customize search by re-ranking, deleting, adding, and commenting on search results. With just a single click you can move the results you like to the top or add a new site. You can also write notes attached to a particular site and remove results that you don’t feel belong. These modifications will be shown to you every time you do the same search in the future. SearchWiki is available to signed-in Google users.
Google recently updated Search, it’s bread and butter application, with a set of features collectively named SearchWiki. SearchWiki allows registered users to customize their search results by rearranging them, adding notes and adding pages they would like to show up in their results in subsequent searches. How cool is that?!
There has been some blowback from geeksters who complain about the obtrusive new buttons and the likelihood of troll comments. While I hate trolls as much as the next guy, I welcome any improvement to a product I use regularly and on which I depend. Adding wiki-like features to search can only improve the algorithms.