Google starts displaying context and information about search results

Google starts displaying context and information about search results

Google has announced that it is starting to show more information about search results, in “about this result”. This is a menu, accessible in each search result, where we will be able to see information about the website of the result.

In this way, it will be possible to see where a result comes from and whether it is a trustworthy place. The screen with information displayed includes descriptions of the Wikipedia website or, in case it is not listed, data such as the first time Google indexed the site.

Google will show where it found the results for searches in the new “About this result” box

Over time, company results have become more complicated. They are not just linked to web pages but include all kinds of interspersed information, different types of content, and from different sources. Google‘s latest change will allow you to learn more about a result before you open it.

This is a context menu that is being displayed as early as today, first in the United States and next to each result in a search. Clicking on the ⋮ menu opens a panel with information about the website, which could help you to know if it is a reliable source or not.

What will be displayed in that panel, depends on what information is available. If the website has a Wikipedia page, its description will be displayed from there. Otherwise, Google will include another context it has available, such as the first time it indexed the website.

Google starts displaying context and information about search results
Google starts displaying context and information about search results

For special content such as job searches, information about where the results come from will be displayed instead, as well as whether your connection is secure when using HTTPS protocol and two shortcuts for privacy settings, and information about how company works.

These changes begin today in Google results in the Google app, mobile web, and PC web, in the United States and with the English language, with no further details on possible expansion to other regions and languages.

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