Some of you may have already seen the new option which Google offers when you do a Google search – it’s called the Google Wonder Wheel. The Google WonderWheel offers you a graphical representation of related searches – that is, searches related to your initial search. It is similar to a “mind map”, which seems to be the newest info-fad.
To find the Google Wonder Wheel, do a Google search, and then click the “show options” link in the upper left-hand corner of your search results. When you clik on that link you’ll see this:
See down at the bottom? See where it says “Google Wonder wheel”?
Clicking on that brings up the Wonder Wheel, front and center, with your original search results along the right.
Here is an example for this week’s top search term which lead people to The Internet Patrol: “is hotmail down” (it was):
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As you can see, searches related to “is hotmail down” include “hotmail outage” and “hotmail shut down”, as well as “is msn hotmail down”, “is hotmail pop3”, and a few others.
Clicking on any of these related search terms spawns a new, connected, secondary Wonder Wheel:
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..click on any of those new secondary related search terms, and spawn a third Wonder Wheel (while blanking out the original wheel):
..and so on.
For people who tend to be more visually-oriented in processing their information, or who really aren’t sure what search term they need, the Google Wonder Wheel offers an interesting new way to have your searches served up.
So, what do you think? Do you like the Google Wonder Wheel? Find it useful?
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