A Twitter message by Will Richardson alerted me to the new feature on Google‘s result pages on Friday. Since then others, e.g. Philipp Lenssen, have reported about the new feature. On the official Google blog one can read:
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.
In order to see these additions, you need to be logged into your Google account. Of course, now one can say that Google will collect more user information as all the promotions, demotions, and comments on search results will be stored in the user account.
However, there are also positive implications for me. I will actually start saving the URLs to search results because now I can annotate them and manipulate the result pages so that I have the relevant information that I need.
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