Mountain View, Calif. – Google (NASD: GOOG) on Wednesday
unveiled a new look and added features to its search results pages, including a
sidebar that will allow users to refine searches. The new left-hand sidebar
will offer search results divvied into categories like news, images, video,
books and blogs, with the mix of suggested search areas changing to provide
different links based on different searches.
A "Something different"
feature will return results that are possibly related to what a user was
searching for, but different.
Searches for merchandise will now offer users the
ability to fine-tine to include more or fewer results.
The company also made
some minor tweaks to its logo, brightening the colored letters and removing
some of their drop-shadow.
"While we are constantly rolling out small changes and updates, today’s
changes showcase the latest evolutions in our search technology, making
it easier than ever to find exactly what you’re looking for," Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president for search products and user experience, wrote on the company’s blog.
(Google blog post)