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The Evolution of Search: The history and future of search in six minutes


As a follow-up to the under the hood of search video detailing the “methodology behind search ranking and evaluation”, Google today released “The Evolution of Search” walking us through the history and evolution of search in six minutes. The video aims to highlight key milestones of search over the past decade, specifically Universal Results and Quick Answers, but also touches on the future of search with Google Instant and Voice Search.

Our goal is to get you to the answer you’re looking for faster and faster, creating a nearly seamless connection between your questions and the information you seek. That means you don’t generally need to know about the latest search feature in order to take advantage of it— simply type into the box as usual and find the answers you’re looking for.

In addition to the above video, Google put together the timeline below of search features they’ve added since the service first launched. Click for high-res.

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Jordan writes about all things Apple as Senior Editor of 9to5Mac, & contributes to 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, & He also co-authors 9to5Mac’s weekly Logic Pros series and makes music as one half of Toronto-based Makamachine.