Google Testing Page-Preview Function in Search Results

There has been no official word from Google yet, but several tech sites are reporting that the Internet giant is testing a dramatic overhaul of its search page. The new page preview function would allow visitors to see if a search result is worth visiting before clicking through. It's easy to see the value this new feature would have for users, but how will site owners feel when the number of visitors to their pages starts to fall?

Today, we've discovered that Google is publicly testing a feature that allows you to quickly check a search result without having to click through. If you have the feature enabled, simply hover over the magnifying glass alongside a search result and you're given a quick preview. Ingeniously, Google is also able to highlight sections of the page that include the text you've searched for.

Yes, we also thought it might be an extension but we've checked and double checked and the results are definitely appearing for users without extensions installed. There are also tweets across twitter from users who have been given an early taste of the feature.

Read the full story at The Next Web.

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