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Take control of your search results

Google announces SearchWiki, a tool for users to control their results, share with other searchers.

Now you can customize your search results by re-ranking, deleting, adding, and commenting on search results. You can also see how other other searchers have customized any given result. Google today announced a new feature designed to give people greater control over the results they see. Do you think a lower ranked result is more useful? It’s easy to promote it to the top, delete a result you’re not interested in, or comment on results.

You’ll see the changes you make whenever you do the same searches while signed in to your Google Account, or until you decide to undo them. The changes you make only affect your own search results, and your changes will be included on a public comments page where you can also view how the community has edited or commented on a set of results.

It’s easy to use:

“We’ve always said that the best search engine is the one that understands what the individual user wants,” said Juergen Galler, Director of Product Management at Google. “SearchWiki really puts that in action: this is an even deeper level of customization than we’ve offered before, because people know best what search results they’re looking for.”

To try SearchWiki, simply do a normal Google search while logged in with a Google Account. To create a new Google Account, click ‘Sign in’ on the Google homepage and follow the instructions to set one up.