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10:22 pm on Oct 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Today I found new improvement of Google search result from Google.com, It highlights each listing with soft-blue color when you do mouse-over. This is interest that Google adding more interactive. This may use for increasing the ranking signal and user feedback study for them.

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4:34 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Could you say more about the possibility of a ranking signal here?
4:51 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Google has filed the patent of "System and Method for Modulating Search Relevancy Using Pointer Activity Monitoring", was filed on February 16 2005, as Google currently used click-through rates (CTR) as signal. The new patent takes the idea a step further, looking to reorder search results by monitoring when users show interest in web content without actually clicking on it.

What do you think about this? I think it becomes more signals on user feedback and social beside currently strong signal on links.
5:05 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I see - so your idea is they woould monitor a longer pause over a given result - something like the way they now measure a 3 second pause in typing with Google Instant and Adwords impressions.

Yes, it does make sense that Google would check out the signal to see how noisy it is.
6:57 pm on Oct 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Are you sure this isn't the "page previews" thing?

Do you see a magnifying glass on the right side of each search result?
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No, this is standard search. I think Google testing the Full Page Preview on standard search with this testing. Google keeps testing many new interface.