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Google Launches New "Experiments" at Google Labs

 9:05 pm on Dec 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

More New Stuff From Google Labs

Google Webquotes: Enables users to read multiple viewpoints and descriptions of a specific website. For example, enter [digital cameras] as a search term and Google Webquotes delivers a list of the most relevant results. Every digital camera website listed in the results page is accompanied by descriptions and critiques that have been automatically collected from third party sources from around the web.
Direct to Google Viewer [labs.google.com]

Google Viewer: Browse Google search results as a slide show. For example, enter [tahoe ski cams] as a search term and Google Viewer automatically displays a list of Tahoe ski cam sites accompanied by a live preview of each page. As Google Viewer displays the search results, users have the option to speed up or slow down the rate at which results are displayed or to stop the viewer at the site they wish to visit.
Direct to Google WebQuotes [labs.google.com]



 9:49 pm on Dec 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

Interesting, but some of the pages I saw didn't capture the linked style sheet making the page look completely different.


 9:51 pm on Dec 10, 2002 (gmt 0)



 9:54 pm on Dec 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

Man rubble88, you are on a roll today, interesting find the quotes thing the best one of them two.


 9:56 pm on Dec 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

awesome :)



 9:57 pm on Dec 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

oOOo one thing I notice with the google viewer thingy no POPUPS came up when it hit the sites. Very nice :P


 10:07 pm on Dec 10, 2002 (gmt 0)



 10:10 pm on Dec 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

They don't seem to be working now. Or is it just me?


 10:16 pm on Dec 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

Go to

and everything is working.


 10:33 pm on Dec 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

Working now. Must have had a little hiccup. Pretty cool features.


 10:52 pm on Dec 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

Those are pretty neat tools. It is a good way of quickly keeping an eye on the competition.


 11:01 pm on Dec 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

The viewer's great. What a neat way to check your position after a reindex! Shame you can't do it in reverse like the Oscars ... <cue drumroll> and the winner is...


 12:59 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

Anyone else having problems viewing it in Opera, no problem with IE. My slow connection did not seem to help either.Otherwise it is a lot of fun!


 1:30 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

Nice find Ruble88!


 1:36 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

You folks are always quick. :)

Hope you enjoy playing with them!

By the way, I'm curious: what other things on labs do you think would be interesting? We're always looking for fun ideas. :)


 2:45 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

GoogleGuy my wish is to see a sorting on freshness in Google results. By default revelancy is fine, but if I take in consideration the speech of one of your engineer (Jeff Dean) make in London about more freshness in your index, i'd love to see a fonctionality like that!


 3:59 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

The quotes viewer is a neat little toy. Strange thing was that my site has no quotes listed for it - even though it is listed in ODP and it seems ODP is used for some of the quotes.

How interesting.



 6:04 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

Very cool tool, Google. Good work!


 6:19 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebQuotes seems fine in Opera, but Viewer isn't (Opera v6.05)


 6:45 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

Far out! It is quite a kick to see your site pop up in the viewer!

I didn't have any comments either, or else I didn't know where to look for them....

Any clues?



 6:57 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

The WebQuotes [labs.google.com] thing is very nice (do not forget to set the default "3" to a higher number).

Is that what Google will be considering more and more for context [webmasterworld.com] type relevancy?

This is the "surrounding" text that is important. [webmasterworld.com]

Nice way to go link hunting again, I wonder what the criteria are for being put in the quotes. Looks like the quotes shown is really what Google considers to be "hubs" in my view.


 8:17 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ahhhh yes,

I found my quotes...3 of them. Life is goot.



 9:41 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hi! I've found the news on French sites too this morning :-)
Very cool the slide show "game"!

I would like to see a tool which could indicate me the NEW pages entered in GG (now the new refreshed pages but really the NEW ones) because I'm looking for regular keywords to see what's new. For now, I use "Goofresh" (which I found great!) but this is for refreshed pages.

creative craig

 9:52 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

Article about it:




 10:03 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

Like it. The quotes thing is very useful, but the slide show could have a greater impact if enough people use it. More traffic from deeper listings, pages 2, 3 ...


 10:35 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

How about an option to view new sites only when they're first indexed? Perhaps "Pages discovered in the last month for this searchterm" or something?


 10:57 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

Google Viewer: It's a potentially good concept, but the way it's executed it makes me feel like I'm watching The Blair Witch Project, with the camera wobbling around everywhere making you sea sick, or in this case, sites opening up in bits and pieces as they load and try to keep up with Google's default speed of 4 seconds. In one example I used, the site showing down the bottom in the preview area was a site or so behind what Google was up to in the top section. Hmmm. I wonder if Google should be showing it's cached version of the sites instead, since many of the sites don't seem to be able to keep up with Google.

Google Webquotes: This one I liked better. Many of the web quotes, though, are clearly just the same string which webmasters tell people to use when they're linking to them. In other words, you get to write your own web quotes.


 11:21 am on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)


How about a search this keyword for hubs/directories? You will make our life much easier, I don't know if that's the opposite of your goal though heh heh heh :)

But in all seriousness, I think hubs are very good for people searching a keyword. If I want to research galoshes instead of finding a million sites and affiliate sites selling galoshes how do I sort through the SERPS?

I'd love an option in advanced search if not google labs to do so. It's clear your algo has the pagerank which rewards proportionately more PR passthrough for less links, but you are tracking a score of more authority/hub status for more links. So we know you can do it :)


 12:36 pm on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

Well, Google is acting as a proxy for the site. And they proxy using the agent "Python-urllib/2.0a1", I think it would be nice if the UA was something like GoogleViewer/1.0

Just my 2 cents, but I tend to block Phython/PHP/Perl agents from my sites.


 1:09 pm on Dec 11, 2002 (gmt 0)

what other things on labs do you think would be interesting?

A lookup tool for our own sites showing us how clean or spammy Google think we are.

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