Google announced a number of improvements to its pet project Google Squared which automatically extracts unstructured data from web pages and presents the search results as squares (like a spread sheet). Google says it will be particularly useful for research oriented questions where the answer is scattered through out the web and must be combined to bring out meaningful information.
Let try and test some of the improvements:
I really wanted to test if Google squared results shows recent results or boring old results, so I searched for ‘nobel peace prize winners‘ (after all the Obama news how can I forget). And for my surprise, the result didn’t include Barack Obama.
I tried a couple of queries and observed that it really has some improved results after the recent updates. Though, it still has a long way to go before it can come out of labs.
New Things I noticed:
1. It now has the ability to sort by columns.
2. You can now export the Data from Squared to Google Spreadsheet or a CSV file.This certainly will be very useful (we could do this before too, but it wasn’t fitting in so well in the CSV).
3. The first search result could include up to 120 facts and upto 20 rows and 6 columns.
What is your opinion on Google Squared? post your comments below and let me know!