Google has unveiled a number of updates which are designed to ‘make search more intelligent’.
The changes include the roll out of the Google Knowledge Graph into international, English speaking markets, following its introduction to the US in May 2012. This helpful panel appears to the right of the search results screen and presents facts and information relating to the search terms entered.
Now that the functionality is to be offered across a greater area, Google intends for the Google Knowledge Graph to present users with the most relevant information possible, based upon their location, since keywords can be used in relevance to different matter from sports teams and music acts to the things from which they take their name.
The latest raft of updates also includes a new interactive carousel presenting lists and information relevant to certain queries, which is to be of great use to people who aren’t searching for a single thing but a list of things, which this new carousel will allow them to scroll through without leaving the page and entering a list on another site.
Amit Singhal, Senior Vice President of Google Search said in a company blog: "So far we can produce hundreds of thousands of lists involving millions of items, and we'll keep growing to match your curiosity".
Another change to be made is the addition of a user’s personal Gmail messages into their search results, to create the most personal and relevant search results possible.
Singhal said: "Sometimes the best answer to your question isn't available on the public web - it may be contained somewhere else, such as in your email. We think you shouldn't have to be your own mini-search engine to find the most useful information - it should just work".