Google is testing a new features to its search product that fills up the page with more information based on the query, reports SearchEngineLand.
The new feature, called Sources, displays additional content in a right column of the search results. As you can see in the screenshot below, typing “Rihanna” pulls up a photo of the pop star, a brief description of who she is from Wikipedia and lots of biographical details (birth date, real name, etc.). Below that info is a list of her songs and some links to “similar artists”. Apparently, Sources will do the same with businesses and/or organizations like Twitter.
If you’re wondering when you can expect to start seeing Sources in search queries, you’re not alone. Google said Sources is an experimental feature, but didn’t offer any additional information about who the company is specifically rolling it out to or when/if others can expect to see it in the future, according to the report.
Sources definitely seems like something that would be useful to the majority of very specific search terms — especially if Google ever decides to integrate it with the data in your Google+ account.
Google was unavailable for immediate comment about the Sources feature.
[Screenshot via Cyrus Shepard]
VB’s research team is studying mobile user acquisition... Chime in here, and we’ll share the results.