MSN: Google’s Interface Test? Been There, Done That

By Nathan Weinberg

Google is running an interface test in which a triangle appears next to search results. Click it, and that result expands revealing more information from the site and a “Search this site” box. Now, this is one of many interface tests going on at any given time, like the infamous sidebar test that someone writes up once a day or so, so don’t get excited.

However, LiveSide, a blog that covers all things Windows Live, points out that Microsoft’s new search interface (at live.com) already has a feature that lets you search a site in the middle of search results. When you push the detail slider all the way to the right, a “Search within this site ” button appears, and clicking it reveals a search box in which you can run a site search.

Of course, if Microsoft truly wanted to match Google’s feature, it could add a fourth level of detail to the detail slider that revealed as much information about the returned website as Google’s triangles do.

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April 25, 2006 by Nathan Weinberg in:
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One Response to “MSN: Google’s Interface Test? Been There, Done That”

  1. Unofficial SEO Blog » who is first? MSN Live Tests New Search Interface - SEO Information much before its official! Says:

    […] The news is that Google is running an interface test that enables you to search within a site to expand the initial search information. However Nathan Wienberg points out a blog which says that Live.com already has a feature that allows you to search a site in the middle of search results. All you have to do is push the detail slider all the way to the right, a “Search within this site ” button appears, and clicking it reveals a search box in which you can run a site search.So are both the search engines trying to integrate the same features? I care about just one thing, no matter how detailed the search result gets. Which is that the relevancy ratio should take no negative hit and I should have as many relevant returns per search as now. […]

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