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Monday, April 23, 2007

Google Personalizes Search Results

Posted by @ 8:43 pm

Google Web History
It’s happened to the best of us…you surf the net, come across a wonderful website, forget to book mark it, forget where it was, and how you ever came across it! Now, Google has launched Web History, a great tool for Google Account holders to see where they’ve been, and what they’ve been searching for!

To activate Google’s Web History you need both a Google account and the Google Toolbar (with PageRank enabled), then away you go. Users have the option to limit their history to searches or enable the full web history.

View a condensed version of your search results
Google Web HistoryClick to view large
Or, expand the search history to display the individual search results you may have visited
Click to view large
Unlike the Internet History on your PC, Google’s Web History means you can access previous searches and visited pages from any PC, anywhere in the world! Sign-up or login and check out this great feature for yourself!

Google Dice
Not the fluffy kind to hang in your car, Google Dice is a ‘queryless search’ that utilizes your search history to deliver you to sites that may be of interest. For those of you familiar with StumbleUpon the premise is similar – based on previous user behaviour the ‘Dice’ will show you other relevant webpages.

Obviously if you have not built up a search history the dice will have little to show you, however, continue searching and given time The Google Dice results will become better and better!

Not surprisingly, Google’s additions to personalized search results rely heavily on users already having, or implementing, a whole host of other Google products. To get Google Dice you must have Google Web History enabled, which relies on the Google Toolbar and so on…It’s hard to imagine the ramifications, should Google start charging for the pleasure of their day-to-day services.

ineedhits Team You can click on any of the circles to get more information about the business they represent, essentially giving many more local businesses first page exposure on Google maps. It should be noted that the top 10 listings will still appear as pins on the left hand side of the map.

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