Google Wiki lets you customize search results


Unhappy with the results of your Google search? Think the third ranked link should actually be number one? Well, now you can do something about it.
Folks who sign into Google with their Google account for Gmail, calendar or other functions, can use the new Google Wiki to shift around results in the order of your choice.
Like many new Google features, it’s being rolled out slowly, so it will probably take some time before it shows up in your account.
"We believe this makes search more dynamic and personalized," says Google’s Marissa Mayer.
Her example of how the Wiki works: a Google employee is an avid Scrabble player, and likes to search for a Scrabble dictionary. He found that the 8th result was the best one, and so now, "it will always come out on top," Mayer says.
So why not just bookmark the site instead?
'Some people prefer to search," she says.
The new Wiki gives you the opportunity to write little notes on your searches—like thought bubbles—but only you can see them. If you were to look up San Francisco restaurants, and jot notes on the first four listings to share with friends, they’re out of luck for seeing your perspective.
Mayer said Google is looking to open up the sharing in the coming months. What Google won’t do, she says, is inspect the tweaked search results by the Wiki users to change overall search results.
“It won’t have any effect,” she says.
By Jefferson Graham

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