Google adds 'knowledge graph' to search
- — 09 August, 2012 22:00
Google has added a new feature, called knowledge graph, to its search engine. Knowledge graph is designed to give you as much information as possible on what you're searching for, without you having to click on a search result.
The knowledge graph has been available in the US since May, but Google rolled out the new feature to all English-speaking countries overnight, including New Zealand.
The knowledge graph shows up to the right-hand side of the search results in a box-out. It summarises information on what you're looking for and shows you key information. For example, if you search for 'The Hobbit movie', the knowledge graph will display the release date, the director, and the lead actors.
The knowledge graph also asks you for clarification when language is ambiguous - so if you search for 'kiwi', it'll ask you whether you were referring to the bird or the fruit.
It also shows other searches related to your initial enquiry.
In addition to announcing the new feature, Google talked up its search engine today by announcing some new statistics.
"Google serves more than 100 billion searches each month, or more than 3 billion per day," the company said in a statement.
"Overall, we've found more than 30 trillion unique URLs on the web."
Google crawls more than 20 billion pages per day, or 230,000 pages per second.