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Social SearchSince the emergence of social web, developers have been trying to make the search more social. Really, having people to suggest you results based on your search query is a great idea because the machine can’t understand many objective aspects of the great content like style and usefulness.

By integrating social websites within Google search results, we thus achieve two aims: we combine Google search which we love most of the times with social media users’ recommendations who rate each page. If we also combine data from several social media sources, we are most likely to find the best result quickly and efficiently.

Browser Bookmarks (XMarks)

Xmarks FireFox addon (formerly knows as FoxMarks): I’ve been using it for a while as that’s a cool way to synchronize your bookmarks among a few computers and also access them from anywhere in the world online. It has introduced quite a few cool features recently – and one of them is Google search results page enhancer. It places a little blue icon next to the result which was bookmarked most of the times.

Xmarks

If you click on the icon, you’ll be invited to find more info on the result which includes the page ratings, reviews and similar sites:

Xmarks Site Info

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StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon toolbar inserts StumbleUpon users’ ratings within Google SERPs results. Besides, it shows:

  • the name of your friend who recently stumbled it (meaning that this information is provided by the most reliable source, i.e. your friends);
  • the category it was discovered at.

StumbleUpon Toolbar

Delicious and Digg

SEOquake is a feature-rich FireFox addon that can be configured to show how many times each page was saved at [NO LONGER WORKS] Delicious.com and how many times the domain was dugg on Digg:

SEOquake social

Any other ways to see people’s recommendations within Google search results? Please share them!

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  1. William
    April 5, 2009 at 4:35 am

    Great information. Would like to see for search engines besides google as well. I noticed that between the "cached" and "similar pages" links in your google screenshot, it also has a "text" link. How do you get that link to appear - I've never seen that before. Can you post it?
    P.S. - Sorry, forgot to tell you great post!

    • Ann Smarty
      April 5, 2009 at 12:32 pm

      Thanks :) As for the 'Text' link - that's a Greasemonkey plugin called Google Cached Text - it adds direct links to Google’s “Text only copy from SERPs”: http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/6637

    • William
      April 6, 2009 at 4:16 am

      Hi Ann, and everyone at MakeUseOf. Something interesting has happened. Either someone has manually reposted my comment and added an advertising link when clicking on my name, or someone has written a bot to do it. Either way, sad. Feel free to delete the second occurrence of my posting (as it is a fake), and move Ann's helpful reply under it. I can't believe someone would actually do this sort of thing. And my thanks again to Ann for her original article and her followup reply.

  2. William
    April 4, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Great information. Would like to see for search engines besides google as well. I noticed that between the "cached" and "similar pages" links in your google screenshot, it also has a "text" link. How do you get that link to appear - I've never seen that before. Can you post it?

  3. Andy Lau TC
    April 4, 2009 at 11:16 am

    nice informations...tq for sharing..

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