Google's New "Short Answers" Are Not "New"

May 13, 2010 • 8:30 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine

I love it when Google blogs something and then everyone in media thinks what they are showing is a brand new feature, even if the feature has been around since 2004. That is what happened when Google wrote about Google Squared's 1st birthday and showed off how this now powers Google's "short answers" and "something different" Google features.

What is new is that "short answers" now (1) powered by Google Squared and (2) shows a drop down with sources. Here is an example:

Sources for Google Answers

As I said yesterday at Search Engine Land, the quick answers have been on Google since 2005. Back then it was Q&A but has been replaced by Google Squared.

What is new is the "something different" feature added to Google's new design. That is also powered by Google Squared and here is a picture:

"Something Different" Google

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