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5:19 pm on Mar 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Anyone else seeing a search box underneath the sitelinks on .co.uk just search microsoft. Is this just goog testing or will everyone with sitelinks get one?
6:12 pm on Mar 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I see the box here in the Midwest US.

I like the new little box. The button is a little ugly though. So many sites have such crappy site searches I've often wished something like this existed.

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I see the box.
I also see it when searching for OpenText, YouTube, iVillage, Flickr, Cafepress, Second Life, Wikipedia.

All it does is append "site:_____" to your query.
I like it.

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Just wondering what people think is this a test or a permanent roll out?

It has been bouncing in and out around a few datacenters from UK, Germany, and US.

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It also shows on google.co.uk for a search term like [nasa] now. I am in the UK too.
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Wikipedia... sure enough it has a search box under the result, but I see no SiteLinks

Interesting. I don't ever remember navigating to the Wikipedia home page by search, so I don't know whether the overall home page ever had Sitelinks. The multi-language home page nav isn't one I'd have thought would be Sitelink-friendly.

Search for [wikipedia english]. Google displays both Sitelinks related to the "Main Page" (in English) and a search box.

2:32 am on Mar 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I do not see it and I am checking on terms that currently show sitelinks.

-Edit- I finally got to see it on a specific search I did. It certainly is limited to a few domains (e.g. Microsoft). It's a big mystery to me how and why sitelinks appeared for some domains in the first place, and now this search box has appeared.

Thanks for the info.

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if amazon can get their custom search embedded into results, how about us peons?

Anybody have any ideas on what Google will be charging for this new "feature". Where can we sign up?

Another clever way to squeeze more milk out of the cash cow.

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It's not Amazon's custom search, it's Google site: operator results.
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I am seeing the search box in Australia when searching google.com.au for large education and government websites.
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tedster, you're right, of course.

My first reaction to change is to wonder what the motive is and a first thought was (oh no.. we're gonna start seeing this search button show up all over the place).. and then they'll start marketing it as an "add-on" to their Adwords (i.e. another few $$ and we'll embed a site search button for you).

Could it be a technique to hold on to the G searcher longer, and maybe have one more chance at showing adwords?

So, the question I guess is how does this embedding of a search box in results evolve? Is this just to improve the search experience? Does it tie into (or relate to) anything else such as custom search or adwords?

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