Google Search has come a long way since it first launched at Standford in the late 1990’s. Larry Page, Sergey Brin and the rest of the Google staff continue pushing the envelope of what SEARCH is and what search results should display.
Initially featuring just links to relevant websites, Google SERP’s now include things like images, videos, ads, instant search, etc.
Why does Google keep changing?
“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.” – Google Blog
A Few Features
Universal Results returns results like images, videos, news webpages and more. Additionally, products, places, patents, maps etc show now thanks to the universal search concept.
Quick Answers returns results that you may want immediately such as sports scores, answers to simple questions (the weather) and more.
Search By Image allows users to drag and drop an image and conduct a search returning results based on the image instead of entered text.