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Remember Google, the search provider? With all that’s been going on other fronts, it’s sometimes possible to forget what lies at the source of this huge company. Apparently, Google hasn’t forgotten, and after quite a few social-related and mobile-related launches, it is now rolling out a brand new way to perform Google searches – the Knowledge Graph.

First and foremost, the Knowledge Graph is about things, not strings. What does that mean? When you search for things Google knows about, such as places, people, etc., Google will now gather its knowledge about these things and include that in the search results. So when you search for a name, you will also get a summary of information about that name. Also included will be names other people have searched for along with this one.

If you search for an ambiguous name, such as the Taj Mahal, Google will let you choose between the historical landmark, the musician, the casino, etc., so it becomes easier to find what you’re really looking for, and get only that portion of the search results.

According to Google, the database currently contains more than 500 million objects, with more than 3.5 million facts about these objects and their relationships with other objects. Google have obviously made good use of search information indicating what people are looking for in order to create this search experience.

The Knowledge Graph is currently only available to U.S. English users, but will roll out slowly to other countries and languages as well. In the meantime, you can watch this video to learn more about the new features of Google Knowledge Graphs.


How do you think this will affect the competition between search engines?

Source: Official Google Blog

  1. Yash Desai
    July 29, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    this is the best thing google has ever done, saves great deals of time on essays as it stop me from getting distracted on wikipedia

  2. Iamthew al-Rus
    June 2, 2012 at 1:26 am

    There's still competition between search engines?

    • Yaara Lancet
      June 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      Pretty sure there is. :) Although Google's definitely on top.

  3. Scutterman
    May 17, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I wonder how this will affect Wikipedia?

    • kulwinder singh
      May 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      i think it's features are diffrent from wikipedia's stuff!

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 18, 2012 at 6:44 am

      It might have some effect, depends on what people are looking for, I think. Today, when I look for some small basic detail about a person or a place, I Google it and usually click on Wikipedia. If Google starts providing these basic details themselves, I will have no reason to click on Wikipedia.

      For people who are looking for more than just basic information, Wikipedia will still be useful.

      It's interesting to see if there will be a significant change for Wikipedia from this.

      • Scutterman
        May 18, 2012 at 11:47 am

        Depending on the information, I may have just googled it and used the search result description to get it, without going to Wiki, so google has been taking a small amount of traffic from Wiki for a while now.

  4. kulwinder Singh
    May 17, 2012 at 11:47 am

    it takes so much time to available in all countries.

    • Yaara Lancet
      May 17, 2012 at 11:59 am

      That's true, I actually don't have it in my country yet either. Hopefully it will happen sooner rather than later.

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