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Google was a search engine
Google was previously a search engine where you could search a topic and get 1000s of websites. Only one level of navigation possible.
Google then added another dimension - Refinements
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)
Circular navigation - Wonder wheel
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.
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:
I see one immediate affect it might have - the ability to sort by age. That means there will be much more incentive to keep pages fresh and updated.
This apparently just went live today to the public?
[edited by: Wlauzon at 5:10 am (utc) on May 13, 2009]