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Google's Latest Experimental Search Views

Google has rolled out some new views in Experimental Search, its testing ground for possible permanent features, and Jordan McCollum offers in-depth reviews and screenshots of the changes, using "The Great War" as the test phrase.

First up is Timeline View, which provides a frequency chart to show the number of references to dates in the search results. Users can narrow their time window, and zoom in on a particular time period in the chart above the results. McCollum notes that this iteration of a timeline is not exactly what users may be looking for, especially when searching for something like "The Great War"--as it doesn't really list specific events in chronological order.

The changes to Map View include giving users a split screen (with a map on the righthand side) and a set of results grouped by location in a scrollable left pane. Meanwhile, Info View lets users choose the kinds of secondary info that appears in each listing's main heading (like images, locations, measurements and dates).



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