Google Social Search Goes Global
Google has made Social Search available in 19 languages and will be offering it in more languages very soon. Now, non-English speakers can benefit from recommendations from friends, family, and others on the web. Ya era tiempo!
If you haven’t jumped on the Social Search bandwagon already, here’s a quick recap.
Waaaay back in the stone age of 2009, Google rolled out Social Search in an effort to help people find more relevant public content from social circles. The experiment on Google Labs came out of a need for people to find content that related specifically to them, such as a friend’s New York blog. As there are hundreds (maybe thousands) of people that write about New York, having personalized search results comes in very handy.
For example, if you’re planning a trip, you can see recommendations and reviews from people you know and trust. These show up right in the search results page (you’ll need to be signed into your Google account of course) and include an annotation of who shared the result along with a link.
If you haven’t created a Google public profile yet, get on the ball and start taking advantage of personalized search. Google will pull information from your contact groups and profiles from Blogger, Twitter, Flickr and other publicly available sites to make your search experience tailored to you and your interests, likes, and preferences. Since going global, Social Search hasn’t looked back, and neither will you. Bon Voyage!