| 8:50 pm on Sep 27, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Sounds like an experiment - at least I'm not seeing it here. Google is always testing ideas on the SERPs, but a lot of them are not so easy to notice. This sounds like quite a remarkable idea, something cooked up by their snippet team.
| 2:30 am on Sep 28, 2008 (gmt 0)|
I've been using it all day today on the L detail setting, and I really like it. It shows a meta description and on-page content, so it's much easier to distinguish between good pages with real info as opposed to keyword list spam or stub pages with just a deceptively nice meta description.
| 6:58 pm on Sep 29, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Techcrunch has some coverage on the SML test now [techcrunch.com], including a screenshot.
[edited by: tedster at 1:32 am (utc) on Oct. 1, 2008]
| 8:51 pm on Sep 29, 2008 (gmt 0)|
What DC? I've checked a dozen or so DCs and can't find it. Maybe it's a user-based thing?
| 7:59 am on Sep 30, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Couldn't this also be a bad thing as visitors may not need to come to the site as they already have the info they require?...
Sounds great for a user, but a bit scary to the info based sites
| 9:22 am on Sep 30, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Shades of SearchMe here?
Looking at the screen shot, it actually looks pretty good. There is no milage for Google to screw adsense publishers by scraping their pages.
| 1:19 am on Oct 1, 2008 (gmt 0)|
noticed this S,M,L test on www.google.com.au a couple of days back. But it wasn't visible on google.com at the time.
seems the test has been stopped or shifted to a different DC(as of 10/1/2008), as not visible anymore.
| 4:35 am on Oct 1, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Google has had a SS (Super Small) version for a long time where you get just the Title with no meta or on-page text, but most people don't know about it.
Customization is something I've asked for and expected for a long time, so I'm glad Google is finally listening. They should have started this years ago.
| 2:04 pm on Oct 1, 2008 (gmt 0)|
...Couldn't this also be a bad thing as visitors may not need to come to the site as they already have the info they require?...
Exactly - when does a snippet become content scraping ?
Yes yes I know google is a scraper but when they deliver enough information to answer a query without visiting a site then we loose - and of course in the long run so does google as we will no longer create free content for them.
| 2:34 am on Oct 7, 2008 (gmt 0)|
Update: I'm still seeing this. I also have noticed that the ranking order changes when I switch from M (default) to L (large) or S (small). For the keywords I tested, my home page ranks the best with the L option.
| 3:52 am on Oct 7, 2008 (gmt 0)|
iridiax, i can't see how Google can explain changing rankings based on a user's SERP display settings. It just doesn't make sense.
anyone else seeing the rankings change with this test?