Google Stars

Google has announced the integration of stars, a new feature that will allow you to ‘save’ search results which will then appear in subsequent searches you make in the future.

The blog says:

The great thing about stars is that you don’t have to keep track of them. You don’t even have to remember whether or not you starred something. Simply perform a search and you’ll rediscover your starred items right when you need them. Stars sync with your Google Bookmarks and the Google Toolbar, so you can always see your list of starred items in one place and easily organize them. Even beyond the results page, while browsing the web you can quickly click the star icon in Toolbar to create a bookmark, and those pages will start showing up in the new stars feature.

Stars in search replace SearchWiki. In our testing, we learned that people really liked the idea of marking a website for future reference, but they didn’t like changing the order of Google’s organic search results. With stars, we’ve created a lightweight and flexible way for people to mark and rediscover web content. For people who like annotations, we have Sidewiki, a more powerful way for people to contribute and discover helpful information next to pages across the Internet. All your existing SearchWiki edits will be preserved with your Google Account. You can learn more on our help center.

Stars in search are rolling out in the next couple days and will be available globally for all signed-in users.

I think this is a really interesting move from Google and will make the user experience more interesting and more importantly, even more useful.

What do you think the impact of Google stars will be, and do you think the new feature will be useful?

One thought on “Google Stars

  1. I just noticed my page coming up as starred as I was logged into google performing searches.

    Does anyone know if you can add a google favorite button onto your own site that would let users save your website from the homepage.

    Do they all have to have the google toolbar installed?

    -Zac

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