Google Stars Sunset As Block Results Take Over

Mar 15, 2011 • 9:30 am | comments (9) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine
 

Google StarThis feels like a cat and mouse game. Google has blocked results, Google drops blocked results, Google adds starring results, Google drops starring results. Google is known to constantly test new user interfaces and swap them out for new and even old tests after determining they are unhappy with how searchers interact with those changes.

Remember when Google added stars to replace SearchWiki? Well, as you know, Google just brought back the block sites feature from 2005 and thus felt they can now remove the "stars" feature, which they did sometime recently.

Here is a screen shot showing starred results in Google, but also showing how I can't star new results directly in Google.

Google Stars

The only way to "star" results is to use Google Bookmarks.

I should note, the stars will still show for your Google Bookmarks, but you can no longer "star" or "bookmark" results directly from the Google Search results pages.

Laudy from Google commented on this in two Google Web Search Help threads after complaints that the star feature was missing came up. Laudy said:

This feature no longer exists on Google. Stars worked as a bookmark function which still exists at google.com/bookmarks. Here you will see all your starred items, and any of your old starred features will be there too.

Heres some more details on bookmarks.

Thanks for asking

Are you upset Google dropped stars from Google.com?

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

Postscript: A Google spokesperson sent us a statement:

Results you've already starred or bookmarked will continue to appear with stars in your search results. You can also still bookmark pages using the Google Toolbar or by visiting google.com/bookmarks. However, we are in the process of updating our bookmarking features so the ability to star new sites on the results page is currently unavailable.

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Comments:

jimrudnick

03/15/2011 02:32 pm

thanks Barry....didn't catch that one - glad you did tho! :-) Jim

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03/15/2011 05:51 pm

google keeps updating stuff at a fast pace. I hope they will soon start deleting these auto-blogs that make money from our posts.

Treb072410

03/16/2011 12:10 am

Great post... I agree with Fazal... Thanks for sharing this post...

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03/16/2011 07:39 am

Interesting Article!! Seems that After Farmer update Google continuously experimenting to enhance the organic search experience for users..

Aluminium Kozijnen

03/16/2011 09:06 am

Great stuff.. I will bookmark this page.. After that i will sharing with social networking sites also.. Aluminium Kozijnen

Daniel Hollerung

03/16/2011 03:59 pm

Looks as if "star" results are still apart of Google Maps via my desktop and mobile browsers. Are you seeing the same thing?

GroupReviews.com

03/20/2011 09:09 pm

Personally I like the change - in the review niche there are quite a few useless websites and if people have the option to block those results it should help me get more traffic to my own website. As a general statement I like most algorithm changes Google makes.

Bob Bigellow

03/30/2011 03:52 am

It seems that, now, I can't even get starred results to show up at all. {sigh} I used this extensively. Now I will need to change the way I use Google.

Brad Taylor

04/03/2011 07:04 am

Things change so quickly that I rarely want to come back to bookmarked or starred search results. Personally I find much more value in letting the algo do the heavy lifting, and some light blocking of certain results by me, and I'm getting valuable results a lot more. That said, this is just my personal opinion. I didn't mind the stars being there.... I just never used them. With hindsight, I guess the star going has now made way for the +1.

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