Google Introduces New Feature That Gives Users More Context About Websites in Search Results

For most search results, the description is provided by Wikipedia.

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Google Introduces New Feature That Gives Users More Context About Websites in Search Results

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Google will provide users with available context if the website doesn’t have a Wikipedia description

Highlights
  • Google’s new feature will give users more context about sites
  • The feature is currently rolling out in English in the US
  • Users can check if the website is secured through HTTPS

Google has introduced a new feature to provide users with more information about the websites that show up in search results. There will be a menu icon next to most search results on Google that can be tapped to see more information about a website before opening it. The description is provided by Wikipedia but if it is not available, the search giant will show available context such as when Google first indexed the site. The feature is currently rolling out in English for users in the US on desktop, mobile web, and the Google app on Android.

Announcing the new feature through a blog post, Google said that it will help users find additional information without having to do another search. This information is aimed to provide users with more context, especially if they're searching for important information, such as related to health or finance.

Google said that while users often come across results from sources they are familiar with while searching for information, there may also be sites users are unfamiliar with. With Google's new feature offering additional context, users may be able to make a more informed decision about the sites they want to visit.

The additional information provided by Google will be the most up-to-date verified and sourced information available on Wikipedia about the site, says the blogpost. If the website doesn't have a Wikipedia description, Google will provide users with available context.

When it comes to job listings or local business listings, there will be a description of how Google sourced that information from sites on the web or from the businesses. There will also be a note to see if your connection to the website is secured through HTTPS. As mentioned, the feature is only rolling out in the US for now.


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Tanishka Sodhi is a sub-editor at Gadgets 360. As a journalist, she has covered education, culture, and media and mental health. She is interested in the intersection of technology and culture, and its impact on everyday lives. Tanishka is a staunch advocate of gender equality, and the correct use of commas. You can get in touch with her via Twitter at @tanishka_s2 or drop a mail at tanishkas@ndtv.com. More
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