Personalize Google Search Results With Information From Gmail, Google Calendar or Google Plus [Updates]

In an effort to give us instant answers, Google Search is rolling out a feature that allows it to tap into your Gmail, Google Calendar, or Google Plus account. This feature is best illustrated with an example. Let’s say you are trying to find out when a package will arrive. Earlier, you would need to dig up the tracking number from your inbox and then process the query. The Google Search update will now help you save time because it does the digging for you when you query it with a — “When will my package arrive?”

Google Search connects with Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Photos to deliver a more personalized search. The trigger is a natural language query. Some of you might be familiar with it as Google Now builds in the same aspects of a personalized search on Android. You can also voice search for convenience.

Google Search personalized   Personalize Google Search Results With Information From Gmail, Google Calendar or Google Plus [Updates]

Google listed some of the ways you can use it for everyday needs:

  • Asking Google “Is my flight on time?” will give you the status of your flight.
  • Asking Google for “my reservations” will give you your dining plans and an option to click for driving directions or the public transit route on a Google Map.
  • Asking Google “What are my plans for tomorrow?” shows a summary of upcoming flights, hotels, restaurant reservations and events.
  • Asking Google for “my purchases” will enable you to track online deliveries and see if it will arrive on time.
  • Ask Google to “Show me my photos from Thailand” to see the photos you uploaded to Google+.

The intelligent Google Search feature will gradually roll out to all U.S., English-speaking users on desktop, tablet and smartphones. It is a more natural way to process personal information. But what do you think?

Source: Google Blog

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5 Comments -

Reza G

This blurring of lines between email/appointments and things like search is a hot topic these days, I guess I don’t want to ‘encourage’ it by personalizing search even more than it is now.

Saikat B

I agree…too much of personalization is never a good thing IMHO.

SAKTHI

Its Awesome feature!!!

Robert Markowitz

I just tried it using Google on my laptop. It doesn’t work at all (asked what are my plans for tomorrow. I use Google calendar for all of my appointments.

Saikat B

Early days…probably they will work through the kinks of mining all that personal information :)