Robert_Charlton - 5:47 pm on Mar 9, 2012 (gmt 0)
Much like you can shift pages and re-size them with the flick of a fingertip you would be able to convert any text you want into a link to see search results for the text you choose.
Webmasters could then just bold text they want you to turn into a link and leave the linking to the search engines....
Sgt_Kickaxe - If I'm understanding you correctly, this sounds a little bit like something Microsoft suggested years ago, wanting its OS to turn any highlighted link into hypertext... a feature which was hooted down by webmasters who didn't want their content used to send visitors offsite.
There's a similar feature implemented now in the Google Toolbar, and it's very handy for looking up a word or reference... it almost works like footnotes. You can set the toolbar so highlighted text appears in the toolbar's Search window.
The problem is, of course, that since you're not making the choice of destination, your site in effect loses the power to vote. I'm sure that Google does pay attention to where people go via its highlighted Toolbar search, but they're not crediting the choice of destination to the wisdom of the webmaster of the source site, as there's no logical way they can.
I believe that this choice of destination is currently a factor in the algorithm. I've noticed in various posts you've been making that you're considering linking out to be a problem, whereas it's really an opportunity.