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Alternate Searches Box on Page 2 of Google.co.uk Serps?

Is Google trying out a new feature?

     
11:54 am on Jun 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Go to google.co.uk and search for anything. On page 2 of the serps, between results 5 & 6, there is a massive box with 4 alternate search terms and the top three results for each term. Doesn't seem to be on google.com yet. Have other people noticed this?
3:54 pm on June 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I can't see it, and it certainly does seem odd to add something extra to page 2.

Have you checked your system for "adware' recently? This sounds like a common adware ploy (except for the fact that something is usually added to page 1 also.)

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What browser are you using?

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Are the results better than normal Google?
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It’s strange, it has gone now but I am using a different computer. The computer I was using at the time was running IE 6 I think but it wasn’t my comp so not sure.

I guess this means it probably was adware but it is strange because it wasn’t promoting anything in particular. The box simply showed 4 related alternate searches and under each it showed the top three results for that search. If I typed in ‘widget’ for example it would show alternate searches: ‘widget shop’ and the top 3 results for that search, ‘widget events’, etc... The alternate searches looked like the sort of suggestions that come up when you type a term into google suggest.

Could this be adware? Or was google trying out a new feature on a few random users? Another thing is that my original post was quarantined until a moderate had checked it out so you guys might have read this a couple of hours after I original posted it.

Tomorrow I will check again on the computer I saw it on and that should settle it.

Dayo – The results were relevant but to be honest the box did take up a lot of space and did not seem that useful to me. If I wanted ‘widget news’ I would have typed it in in the first place!

2:54 am on June 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I believe that's an experiment we're trying. I believe one of the engineers who worked on that will be at the Meet the Google Engineers session next week, too. :)
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> does seem odd to add something extra to page 2

I thought the same as Tedster. There's no doubt that Google have learnt the art of subtlety. :-)

10:49 am on June 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Presumably, if you have to click to Page 2, your initial search didn't do as well as you hoped... hence the alternate searches. Clever.
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Caught a screenshot - sticky if you're interested or if a mod could let me know if it's OK to post it...