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The Ever-changing Google.

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http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/05/05/tech/main6462613.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody

As Google maintains its position of top dog of search engines, it continues to implement new, small changes to the search engine homepage. For example, Google’s logo itself has been touched up, now containing what are believed to be brighter hues of red, yellow, blue, green etc. Though the Google logo looks virtually the same to me every time i visit the search engine, a new feature it has implemented seems like it will be a helpful one. Now, on the left-hand side of the search results, there seems to be a filter of sorts that divides material into books, images, videos, newspapers, maps, blogs, discussions, etc.  This feature will aid people everywhere because oftentimes Google yields so many results that it’s hard to go through each one and choose which sources will benefit you, based on the types of media/sources you have chosen.

The fact that Google now divides its search results into multiple sites/links is a smart move, and points towards the example of the black box theory and the idea that technology is supplanting all real-life tangibility and thought. The source/information divisions that now appear on the Google sidebar is excellent for people only looking for specific types of sources, but are we so lazy as a society that we cannot search those kinds of things ourselves? As a company that consistently implements minor changes to keep its business new and fresh, I think Google will thrive on this new “search tune-up” in that we’d clearly all rather have technology do work for us that we’d otherwise deem tedious and time-consuming. With the new minor search changes to Google, I almost feel more like I’m at the Marist Library site searching for sources than on the largest search engine in Internet history. And here I was hoping to catch a break from the James A. Cannavino…

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Written by meganwarne1

May 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm

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