Marshall Kirkpatrick (Read/Write Web) and Robin Wauters (TechCrunch) express their dismay, fear and admiration for Google’s boldness in releasing their new personalized voting and commenting feature:
Marshall writes of Google SearchWiki:
It’s a big deal, it’s awkward, it’s frightening, it’s brave, it’s already both loved and hated.
Robin Wauters (TechCrunch) says:
Whether you like SearchWiki, the new voting and commenting feature for search results Google introduced last week, or not, it was undeniably a bold move for the company to turn on the feature for everyone with a Google account at once instead of gradually releasing it.
The Google Preferences feature, reminds me of Facebook’s initial attempt at receiving user feedback for their feed items to help provide you more targeted results. (Facebook’s product blog post)
News Feed will use this feedback to further tailor stories for you and to identify the types of stories and applications you might like to see in the future.
The digg like thumbs-up-down functionality on Facebook has now morphed into the following:
Google’s attempt provides every Google account holder a way to customize search by re-ranking, deleting, adding, and commenting on search results. (Google’s product blog post)
Starting today you can do all this and tailor Google search results to best meet your needs.
For Google it’s also a great way to provide you more targeted results and hopefully a more personalized experience within your Google account. What’s also interesting is the ability for you and other users to comment, submit other URLs for the search item you’re looking for. Hopefully, this will also enhance the accuracy of search results for everyone.
Share your thoughts on Google’s search wiki