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Google Results: Social Circle?

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What do you think of Google’s new “Results from people in your social circle” section?

Google search results including people I know

My first instincts are “Hey, that’s me! Wait, why doesn’t it know that?” And “Ooo, Zath! Hi Simon!”

Secondly, I’m already following the people in my social circle in a hundred different ways, but come to think of it… I’m not following them that closely. It does actually help to see what’s relevant in my search results.

And thirdly, this is an excellent opportunity for bloggers to get more exposure. I have yet to figure out the full algorithm for “people in your social circle” but clearly gmail is involved. I wonder about Buzz. Now I just need to figure out how to tell it that I’m the one who runs The Average Gamer and start emailing important people ;)


Here’s the explanation for my social circle.

This is the network of connections Google uses to identify relevant social search results. It is based on a combination of the following:

  • Direct connections from your Google chat buddies and contacts (29, 18 with content)
  • Direct connections from links listed on your Google profile (0) such as Twitter and FriendFeed
  • Secondary connections (5323) that are publicly associated with your direct connections

In addition to web pages from your social circle, posts from your Google Reader subscriptions may also appear in your social search results.



Written by Weefz

7 July, 2010 at 11:38 am

Posted in misc

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