You barely get chance to take a breath these days before Google releases yet another new feature that is meant to help us in our daily search. A few weeks ago it was ‘instant search’, last week it was an enhanced ‘local search’ and this week we’ve now got website preview. What’s going on?
Well let’s look at it first. If you do a search for, say, ‘news’, we get our normal bunch of results but they now include a little magnifying glass icon next to them:
Click on the result (not the title) and blam – a nice picture of the website you may want to go and take a look at. Is this a great new feature?
Well Bing has had this for a while and I never really saw people say “I prefer Bing because it’s got previews” and I’ve got to admit, I’m not sure it’s an amazing revalation to be honest and I really don’t know how it helps.
Google has always been ahead of the crowd and they made a name for themselves by keeping things simple, this really doesn’t keep things simple and it could actually make the search results a little complex for some.
I’m not sure. What do you think?