Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Google Search is rolling out "Search, plus Your World"

From Google's website:

Search, plus Your World

Your photos, your friends, your stuff…

Search has always brought you information from across the web. Now, search gets better by including photos, posts, and more from you and your friends. When signed in with Google+, you’ll find personal results and profiles of people you know or follow. You can even expand your world by discovering people related to your search.

How it works

You have to be signed in to a Google Account new window to get all of the features of personal results. Here's how Google personalizes your results when you're signed in:
  1. Google products: Search for publicly and privately shared content visible to you, like your Google+ (and Picasa) photos and Google+ posts from your friends.
  2. Social Search: Discover relevant images and pages shared by people in your Google+ circles and by suggested connections.
  3. Web History: Get customized results based on your past search activity on Google, such as searches you've done or results you've clicked. Learn more about Web History
  4. Profiles in search: When you search for a friend's name, you might see a link to the relevant Google+ profile in the list of autocomplete predictions. With personal results, you’re more likely to see your friend John's profile than some John you’ve never met.

So now, not only will you get ranked results from the entire Internet, but you will also begin getting customized results that include people in your Google Plus circles, and based on your previous activity.

And finally, if privacy is the word you are thinking right now...

Your personal results

Your personal results are unique to you. This means that your private content and any content privately shared with you will not appear in the search results of others, unless this content has also been shared with them.

Here is a great video to show off this new feature.

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