AjiNIMC - 6:06 am on Mar 26, 2009 (gmt 0) Google was a search engine Google then added another dimension - Refinements Circular navigation - Wonder wheel How wonder wheel is helpful
I am little excited about wonder wheel as this is solving a big concern with a search engine (Navigation and refined queries). (I was working on this for individual site and have been proven to really helpful, hoping that it will be rolled out for CSE as well). When you search for a topic, you are getting a list of pages with the same content and you are forced to search again and again to refine your queries but here the refinement in query is not incremental. Wonder wheel can make the query refinement incremental and navigational.
Google was previously a search engine where you could search a topic and get 1000s of websites. Only one level of navigation possible.
Refinements was like adding links to the categories to define the navigation. This might have helped people navigate deeper into the real topics before looking at the results. It added a navigation aspect in a search engine. But it did not keep a track of your navigation (No BREADCRUMBS)
None of us have faced such a difficult navigation problem as we had only few 1000s of pages but Google has billions of pages. Thus they had to invent multi dimension (circular) navigation. Now people can follow the breadcrumbs to come back to where they started the search using the connecting line and use the other nodes to navigate further.
Google was a search engine
Google then added another dimension - Refinements
Circular navigation - Wonder wheel
How wonder wheel is helpful
Wonder wheel can be money wheel for Google
If ever Google rolls out the wonder wheel interface then I am sure they will try to push the ads on the top of wonder wheel and rest of the result will follow on the right. CTRs will just jumpppppppppppppppp.
Expecting .. then only it Wonder will become really useful
I can expect 2 addition to this wonder wheel
I am sure that this is just a beginning of search refinements, we gonna see more refinements. Already I am using: