Google Refines Search.


Maybe it’s just me and I missed this, but I think it’s relatively new. I found it by accident today. I haven’t heard any announcements from Google about it, but it seems like a great idea. Not only does it help people find what they’re looking for–Google’s #1 mission–but it could increase overall searches–Google’s #2 mission. They seem to show up under relatively basic searches: cancer, pain, etc.

My guess is that eventually Google will use this as a way to circumvent some of the less than ethical tactics of the SEO industry. They already do this when you search for musicians or music. You’ll start to see links to the Wikipedia entry, government related website, forums, news articles and so forth. Like someone recently pointed out, Google searches are quickly replacing http://www. in users browsers. Instead they’re just searching ‘facebook’ or ‘myspace’ and proceeding from there. Google is pre-empting irrelevancy by providing means to induce more exploration (and in turn more ads) These refined results are the internet equivalent of “Carl’s Jr. Next Exit” signs. They detour you from your intended destination, politely and pocket a few cents each time. I like it–especially as a shareholder.

What other searches are you guys finding these suggestions for? I’m curious.

Written by Ryan Holiday
Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of Trust Me, I’m Lying, The Obstacle Is The Way, Ego Is The Enemy, and other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared everywhere from the Columbia Journalism Review to Fast Company. His company, Brass Check, has advised companies such as Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as Grammy Award winning musicians and some of the biggest authors in the world. He lives in Austin, Texas.