Google is updating the “about this result” feature for search results with an interesting new addition: context on how and why the company’s algorithm ended up on the specific results for the links that appear when you search for things.
The company added the information box “about this result” earlier this year as a way to help users to properly veterinary sources as they were not familiar with the use of data from Wikipedia. The menu – which opens by clicking on the triple dots in the corner of a search result – pops up and tries to provide additional background information about a website.
The update that rolls out today, however, does not add more context to sites that can appear in the search results, but rather helps to shine a light on Google̵
In an example provided by Google, a search for “how to cook fish in the oven” on a recipe from a website that contained the words “how to cook, fish and oven” and was related to other words such as “ingredients” and “recipe. ” Google also does things like match languages and use relevant geographic locations to help land on the specific result.
The company explains that the goal here is to help users who may not be as familiar with Google’s search system to understand a little more about what goes on behind the scenes when they search, and to use that knowledge to help them do better searches to find what they are looking for in the future.
The updated results will reach the users. Initially, it will be available for English-language results in the US, but Google hopes to expand its availability in the coming months.