At its second annual Searchology event at its Mountain View California headquarters, Google rolled out new Web search features and an update to its “Sky Map” that can allow users of its mobile phones to figure out which constellations they are looking at in the night sky.
Google’s new “Search Options” lets users “slice and dice” search results, narrowing them down in time to results from the past 24 hours, the past week or the past year, for example.
“Search Options” also allows users to confine their search results to videos, product reviews and forum posts on a particular topic.
What new features can you expect when searching? For one, time-based results. As mentioned, Google appears to be taking Twitter head on with this, and now you can filter your search results based on the time they were posted. A handy feature, especially for journalists. Next up, you’re allowed to search with certain things in mind, like reviews; there are now options to find these easily, but you can also specify videos and forums too. In context of a review search, type in the name of what you want to find a review of, click Search Option and select review on there also, and Google will show results that they identify as reviews. This is already relatively easy enough just by adding “review” to the end of a search, but none-the-less, this is an improvement.