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Link for video results - just on some SERPs

     
1:58 am on Mar 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Lately, in several searches I run every day, I'm seeing a new option right next to the "Web"
in the horizontal blue bar on top of the search results -- "Video"

Clicking on this new option returns only videos that match the search phrase.

However, it doesn't occurr all the time within the same searches (varying datacenters I guess)
and with no real pattern I can discern.

Does anyone have any more data on this new feature?
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2:14 am on Mar 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The "blue bar options" are a very flexible utility. On some searches you can see quite the list: "Web Books News Video Music Images Blogs". On others, just a single alternative to "Web", such as "Books" or "Video".

Google talks about it in their Help Center:

G. Top contextual navigation links
These dynamic links suggest content types that are most relevant to your search term. You can click any of these links in order to see more results of a particular content type.

[google.com...]

Yes, it is definitely query dependent. I was just trying various celebrities, and even within one genre (like music or movies) the choices varied by the specific name I chose. Looks like there's a lot of intelligence embedded in this feature.

6:30 am on Mar 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Cool.

Is the intelligence based on whether or not there is a wide variety_+_volume of "alternate" search results, I wonder .. ?
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8:59 am on Mar 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I like it on the right instead of infesting the main. It's logical, too. The eye is trained to look at the right side for extra links (advertising links).

Like I said before, Google needs to customize search results. Let us decide, based on Preferences, how many extra links we want, and what kind. News/Media/whatever.

For example, your Preferences could say:

Video
[ ] High
[ ] Medium
[ ] Low
[ ] None

News
[ ] High
[ ] Medium
[ ] Low
[ ] None

If you check Video High, you get 6-10 youtube/video results with your text results, in the right column, or on the right side.

If you're a News junkie, and you check High, you get 6-10 headlines.

Very basic. There's absolutely no reason to clutter our results with junk we don't want and won't use.

BTW, it really isn't a clean interface when they throw in the Video clips in some random part of the left column results.

I think the News results, maybe Video, too, could go underneath the Sponsored Links on the right. I suspect it would lead to more clicks on the ads, as many people will start reading at the top of the column, and read the ads before they get to the News/Video links... More money for Google.

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4:45 pm on Mar 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Like I said before, Google needs to customize search results. Let us decide,
based on Preferences, how many extra links we want, and what kind.
News/Media/whatever.

Boy, is that a great idea...

There are searches I run where e.g. all I want is news, and then if Google
used it's search history technology to remember that whenever I do a search
for -purple widgets-, I want just news, when I search for -wiggly widgets-
all I'm interested in is "wiggly widget videos"..

:)