Demoed on video: Google Squared

On May 13, 2009, in Technology, by KLS

As we mentioned briefly yesterday, Google Squared is one of Google lab’s latest technology in the making. Google Squared extracts data from web pages and presents them in search results as squares in an online spreadsheet for the user who is doing the search. TechCrunch was at the Searchology event, check out the video demo of Google Squared below:

Google Squared is launching later this month in labs. Google Squared returns search results in a spreadsheet format. It structures the unstructured data on web pages. So a search for Small Dogs returns results with names, description, size, weight, origin, etc., in columns and rows.

Google is looking for data structures on the web that imply facts, and then grabbing it for Squared results. “It takes an incredible amount of compute power to create one of those squares,” she says.

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We posted Google’s latest announcement of new features to its search engine yesterday. It may seems complicated. One of the other cool things that Google has released with Search Options is Wonder Wheel, which is a visual representation of Google search results that you can’t miss – the text is rendered in classic multi-colored Google fashion. Wonder Wheel places your search topic inside of a light blue circle and places related terms around it. Search results still appear to the right of the Wonder Wheel. Google has also included Timeline in this update, another visualization of search results based on the date of the content.

The video below gives a short overview of Wonder Wheel, the timeline option, and other new Google search options.