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Today, we’re bringing Social Search to more users around the globe.
Just like on google.com, social search results in other languages and on other domains are mixed throughout the Google results page based on their relevance.
Social Search can help you find pages your friends have created, and it can also help you find links your contacts have shared on Twitter and other sites. If someone you’re connected to has publicly shared a link, we may show that link in your results with a clear annotation. So, if you’re looking for information about modern cooking and your colleague Adam shared a link about Modernist Cuisine, you’ll see an annotation and picture of Adam under the result. That way when you see Adam in the office, you’ll know he might be a good person to ask about his favorite modern cooking techniques.
So how does this all work? Social search results are only visible to you and only appear when you choose to log in to your Google Account. If you’re signed in, Google makes a best guess about whose public content you may want to see in your results, including people from your Google chat buddy list, your Google Contacts, the people you're following in Google Reader and Buzz, and the networks you’ve linked from your Google profile or Google Account. For public networks like Twitter, Google finds your friends and sees who they’re publicly connected to as well. You can see a complete list of the people included in your social search results in your personal Google Dashboard (this display is private).
I'm really surprised by how negative most of you are to this change.
I'm really surprised by how negative you all are to this change
i want to explore the world's information independently. better have no friends that the big networks can detect.
an entirely new, unbiased search engine which doesn't go in for personalisation at all
We're also not normal here. You know that. Our little world here on WebmasterWorld is not necessarily representative of the world at large, no matter how much we may think it is.
I don't see anyone impressed with the idea.