Is Google Diving Head First Into HCIR?

I’ve been at the Enterprise Search Summit all day, so I didn’t have the chance to pore through the buzz about Google’s Searchology announcements. But I did see a snippet that struck me as very unusual language for Google:

Our first announcement today is a new set of features that we call Search Options, which are a collection of tools that let you slice and dice your results and generate different views to find what you need faster and easier. Search Options helps solve a problem that can be vexing: what query should I ask?

Google, focusing on query refinement and elaboration? I’m all ears! In fact, eyes and ears–here is the video tour:

Well, on second thought, it’s a bit of a rehash of features they’d already rolled out, and that I personally didn’t find overwhelming (see here and here). Still, I’m pleased that their marketing language is embracing HCIR–that’s a big step for a company that has perhaps done more than anyone to emphasize the primacy of relevance ranking in the search interface. Even if they’re only taking baby steps at this point, I am cautiously optimistic that they will build on them.

By Daniel Tunkelang

High-Class Consultant.

10 replies on “Is Google Diving Head First Into HCIR?”

So in the time-based results refactoring options, you can sort by most recent, or only see the last 24 hours, week, etc.

But it doesn’t let me sort by LEAST recent. Boy, sometimes that sort of search is extremely useful, especially when I am doing a literature search and looking for the earliest mention of a topic.

That seems like such an easy change.. why is that not an option?


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