Google Starred Results Replaces Searchwiki For Good
By on March 4th, 2010

Do you remember Google Search Wiki? It was a feature which allowed users to promote specific links in search result pages. SearchWiki allowed users to customize search results with their own rankings, by voting or removing links etc.

Not anymore, since Searchwiki has been replaced by a new feature called “Stars”. “Starred items” in search results makes it easier to bookmark and discover favorite links and content from the web.

Using “Stars” in search result pages is pure fun. Perform a query at Google and star a link which you think is good content.

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The next time you search the same phrase on Google, the starred results appear right at the top of your results as shown below:

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This is useful, because you don’t have to remember or bookmark anything. If you love “Chicken sandwhich” and search for “sandwhich recipes” on Google, chances are that you will see the relevant results which were starred some weeks ago. The starred results also sync with Google Bookmarks and if you use Google toolbar, you can quickly star items from the toolbar button.

I think Searchwiki and Starred items are good ways to organize personalized results but the latter is much smooth and easy to use. If the content is good, a user may not like to change the order of search results. Instead, he is more likely to bookmark the link for future refrence, which is why “Starred items” have replaced the Searchwiki feature.

Searchwiki fans need not worry as all the Searchwiki edits are preserved in their Google account. Please note that “Starred results” are available only when you are signed in to your Google account.

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Author: Amit Banerjee Google Profile for Amit Banerjee
Amit has been writing for Techie Buzz since early 2009 and keeps a close eye on web apps, Google and all things Tech. He also writes at his own tech blog, Ampercent. Follow him on Twitter @ amit_banerjee

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  • http://sriniseo.blogspot.com Srini SEO

    The thing is google replace starred is useful for us, because we don’t have to remember or bookmark anything in the browser, just search in google.com, its really great, i like too much compare to search Wiki :)

  • http://smartest-shopper.blogspot.com Mohamed Onsy

    This New Starring System Is Really Helpful For Bloggers
    Last Day I was Checking My Seo Level For My Lately Created Blog :http://smartest-shopper.blogspot.com/
    And I Found That About 3 People Starred My Home Page
    & You Can't Imagine What Happened Next
    Today I have More Than 4000 Pages Linking Back To Me

    The New Starring System Is Like Voting For Pages To Get High Ranks In The Search Results

    • http://www.healthyhomecleaning.com Deja

      1. How can you see if others have starred your site?; and
      2. How would the fact that others have starred your site lead you to have new pages leading back to you?

      Can you explain?

      Thanks, Deja

 
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