Personalized Suggestions on Google Maps, Popular Images on Google Image Search
Article by George Norman
On 29 Jan 2010
Mountain View-based search engine giant Google just rolled out new personalized search suggestions technology for Google Maps, because users often search for the same places and categories over and over again. Web History keeps track of your searches, assuming of course you’re signed into your Google Account and have Web History turned on. Okay, so Web History takes your past searches in consideration and shows you suggestions based on said past searches. According to Google this is going to make searching faster and easier.

“Like personalized suggestions on Google.com, personalized suggestions on Google Maps are based on past searches from your Web History. If you see a personalized suggestion that you don't like, you can get rid of that suggestion and any others by clicking the "Edit" link at the bottom of the suggestions box, which takes you directly to the Web History removals page. You can also sign out of your Google account to stop seeing personalized suggestions. We hope this new feature saves you time by making it easier to find your favorite locations faster,” commented on behalf of the Google Maps team, Masanori Goto, Takahito Hirano and Ryo Takahashi.

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Moving on, there is one other change Google implemented in order to make searching easier – for all of you out there who use Google on your mobile device. After releasing the Near me now feature for iPhone and Android, Google has now announced the release of a “Popular Images” feature.

“This feature is accessible from Google Image Search on Android-powered devices and iPhones in the US. To try it out, go to www.google.com on your phone browser and click on "Images". Under the search box, you will see a few of the top images along with a link to "Browse Popular Images". Clicking the link opens up a categorized list of image searches and corresponding images. We have organized popular images across a few categories like Movies, Sports, Cars & Bikes, Music, and Cartoons. You can click on individual categories to see related images corresponding to what's popular on Google Image Search. The queries are automatically categorized with an algorithm that will continue to improve over time,” explained on behalf of Google Mobile Engineering, Jignashu Parikh and Varun Sharma.



Tags: Google, Google Maps,Personalized suggestions, Apple, iPhone, Android, Popular Images
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