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Google Search to Show Details About Websites Before Users Visit Them

By Priyanka Verma 
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Google is making it easier for users to know more about websites that appear in search results. There will be a menu icon next to most search results on Google that can be tapped to see more information about a website before opening it.

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The new menu icon will be a three dotted icon visible just next to the article’s headline. Users can tap on the icon and a pull-up card with more information about the website will appear. The “About this result” card will give a short description about the website and also if it’s using a secure HTTPS connection. Google also adds a disclaimer below mentioning that the article is a search result and not an ad.

Google information is provided by Wikipedia but if it is not available, the search giant will show available context such as when Google first indexed the site, “Based on Wikipedia’s open editing model, which relies on thousands of global volunteers to add content, these descriptions will provide the most up-to-date verified and sourced information available on Wikipedia about the site,” Google explained in a blog-post.

This will appear for different Google features like job listings or local business listings. It describes them as “these are job listings from across the web.” At the bottom of the tab, Google has added a button for privacy settings, and one for how Search works.

The feature is currently rolling out in English for users in the US on desktop, mobile web, and the Google app on Android. Google hasn’t specified when it plans to roll this out to more countries.

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