Should Google Add "Last Updated" Note to All Search Results?

Jan 20, 2010 • 8:48 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

For new content, Google often adds to the search result a little note of some sort that says how new the content is. Normally in the form of X minutes ago or X hours ago. I have some screen shots of how this works over here. But should Google always do this? Should Google show the date the last time that page was updated in the search results even if it means X years ago?

A Google Web Search Help thread is having discussion just about that feature request. Of course it can come in handy, to know which pages are more up-to-date than others, especially for product reviews and news related content. Google somewhat handles this for articles that contain the dates in them, here is an example:

Google Last Update in SERPs

Notice the dates in the snippets. But again, this is just the date of the article, not the last time the article was updated.

Do you think Google should be sharing this information in the search results?

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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Comments:

Michael Martinez

01/20/2010 06:11 pm

Why just Google? Why not all search engines?

Stuart Livesey

01/20/2010 11:26 pm

Old content does not necessarily mean out-of-date content although that's what could be inferred if update dates were added to the SERPS

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