We already know Google collects a ton of data on us, and a lot of it comes from search. Google offers plenty of ways to limit the amount of data you have lying around, but they're not all that easy to find. Starting today, Google is making it easier to both see and delete your search activity. Previously, you could visit your Google Account in Settings on Android phones or on the web on iOS, tap Manage your data & personalization and then My Activity to see your search results. Then you needed to tap the three-dot menu and select Delete to get rid of something.
I could not agree more. At DSC, we've replaced our previous under-performing search tool by a new one, much more user-friendly and powerful. It's to the point that we are even considering creating a search engine entirely dedicated to data science, using our search tool. We are also getting more and more traffic from internal search, by posting / tweeting search result pages such as this one or this other one.
Google search powers trillions of inquiries a year, but for those on the outside of the company, precisely how that engine works is a mystery. Some people, like President Donald Trump, see political bias in this opacity. But while the exact algorithms that power Google search are unknown, the way it generally works--and some of its history--are knowable. And the fact that it is somewhat mysterious is actually a good thing for the average internet user. Google's search system is powered by proprietary algorithms that deliver results based on what it thinks the person wants in return.
Spotted by Reddit user DiscombobulatedLead, Google is apparently testing new kind of search-results page that's based on the company's Material design approach that's been spreading through Google services the past few years. SEE ALSO: Americans Googled'gun control' more than'gun shop' in the past week While the old layout displays all search results on one white background, the new layout reportedly displays each result in a "card box" with defined borders. Google seems to be AB testing a new material search results layout. Google has been updated more and more of its desktop services around Material; Google Calendar was one of the most recent to get a makeover. Material roughly began with the launch Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it generally emphasizes cards, layers, "flat" textures, and specific coloring schemes.
If you could scan your own brains for the words "web search engines," Google would undoubtedly top the list of hits. Currently, about three quarters of worldwide digital online searches are carried out using Google's web search service. Indeed the word "google" is so well known and ubiquitous that it has become a verb in numerous languages. Statistics about Google are so impressive that it's hard to believe the company has only existed for twenty years. When it started in 1998, it wasn't the first internet search engine, but won the contest over the competition through a combination of cutting edge technology, smart marketing, and good luck.