10
Jan
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Google+! Have you joined? You should join. Google's wants you to join.

Google continues its plussification of everything with a new search update. You can now expect to see profiles, pictures, and posts from your G+ circles in your search results.

Ok, that was adorable. Try to focus though. Google+ is now going to be EVERYWHERE in the default search results. I mean everywhere. Autocomplete, the sidebar, the results, everywhere.

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That picture on the right over there? That's an example, from Google, of a search for "Music" bringing up Britney Spears' G+ page. Words escape me.

Those feeling a pang of nauseousness and/or rage are going to want to reach for this button:

Toggle

which is right on your search results page. It will turn off all this crazy personalization crap, so you can do a regular, old school Google search. Breathe. It's going to be ok. This button means "no results from your friends, no private information and no personalization of results based on your Web History." The toggle button setting won't be remembered, but you can make regular search the default in your search settings.

Switchable search option buttons are a very interesting idea. I wonder if a button that turned off all Google self-promotion would let them dodge the antitrust bullets being fired by local, airline, and product search companies. All other social networks should start freaking out right about... now.

Facebook's lawyers were not available for comment.

Source: The Official Google Blog

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • http://www.Google.com Google

    Are you ready For the takeover?

  • Zachary Jacob Zblewski

    Bing touts their Facebook integration. Google one-ups them by creating their own social network and incorporating it into their search results. Nice on.

    Also, what does this have to do with Android?

    • sriracha

      ever used an android device? anything GOOG is android related.

    • Jon Garrett

      Google = Android

      • Zachary Jacob Zblewski

        Yes, Android is a product of Google.

        I don't see stories about the desktop version of Hotmail on WP7 sites.

  • UmK

    not a fan, but i don't really care as long as you can shut it off.

    i carry absolutely no interest in whatever my friends do on facebook or g+ or any other social network and i would hate to have those eating up space on my screen / wasting my time

    • http://twitter.com/iamwillmoody Will

      You don't get invited to many parties, do you, UmK?

    • slurms mckenzie

      im with u . i really dont care that my friend just ate a hamburger or something stupid that everyone always posts. i dont understand why people need to post normal daily things on a website.i guess people really like it when u stroke their ego

      • Matt

        You're missing the bigger picture. Lets say you want to find a restaurant in your area. You're in the mood for Indian. You do a Google search. Normally you get a list of the dozen or so Indian restaurants in the area. Yay.

        With personalization on, you see which Indian restaurants your friends really recommend, as well as the little hole in the wall down the street that's not listed online but has the most delicious Chicken Tikka you've ever had. All with personalized reviews from people you trust.

        This also goes along with vacation destinations, book recommendations, scientific articles, political analyses, what have you.

  • tookie

    +1 lol.. and make this long enough so it would post

  • Ron Amadeo

    EPIC lawyer shitstorm in 3...2...1...

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    I'm pretty sure this has been in place for a long time now - it's just that now Google is letting you easily turn it off. Results were different based on your social interactions (via Plus), it's just more obvious why things happen now, and you no longer need to switch to Incognito to see it.

    • AEF

      @Artem - There were small and minor integrations but what Google announced yesterday was not just a way to turn it off, but a whole boatload more social integration

  • David Lee

    You can turn this off by default on the Search Settings page. You can then turn on the extra personalized stuff when you want it rather than having turn turn it off most of the time.

  • http://social-catalog.com/ aatif

    More feature . blogger has to work even more to manage this change .

  • Todd Fagan

    I understand the concept, but have no interest. I joined Google+ and have yet to use or enjoy it. I think the interface is terrible and I have people I have never met adding me to their circles. Facebook has gotten worse as well, I only use it now to track a few sites like Android Police and see pictures of my grandchildren.

    • Nick Coad

      Who cares if they add you to their circles? You won't see their posts and they won't see yours unless the connection is mutual.

  • Joseph

    True - you can turn it off - from showing in your search results. But you cannot prevent your google+ information (stream, pictures, videos etc) from showing up in searches made by anyone. That's a bummer

  • Ryuuie

    Umm.... Bertel, dude, did you divide by zero?

    All of the comments are claiming that they were posted a year ago.

    WHAT DID YOU DO?! :(

    Never divide by zero. Ever.