Site-Filtering Feature on Google

by Bach B
On 03/10/2011, Google announced the debut of a site-blocking search tool to help users personalize the results they find on Google.  The tool is simple to use. First, users need an Google account. Secondly, they need to log in their Google accounts then it is ready to use. When they click on a site in a Google search and then go back to Google — presumably because they were not satisfied with what they found — A new option will appear right next to the  domains of results page to block the site from future searches. All users have to do is click it, and the site will never show up for them again until they decide to unblock it. Whenever users block a site, Google will display a small message let them know something has been removed. Users are also able to manage their block lists via their Google search settings, and they can block up to 500 sites. However, users need to use newer versions of web browsers for this feature, such as Chrome 9 or higher, Internet Explorer 8 or higher, and Firefox 3.5 or higher.

Another reason that Google implements this feature is that it is a part of Google’s  efforts to combat the presence of search spam, a term for low-quality entries that show up in search results.  Google has been criticized  that company’s level of search-result junk is outrageous. The main concern is  about so-called “content farms,” or sites that generate lots of pages with little real value. Many of these sites monitor popular search queries and create pages for the sole purpose of attracting traffic, even though they have no original or relevant content to offer.

Honestly, this feature is not really new, but i think many people do not know about it, since the block option is hard to notice, and i think not that many people bother to look at the domain name of the site, yet the new option. However, this is a really interesting feature, especially when you try to search some really specific phrases or even sentences, it would help you skip through alot unwanted result pages.

JR Raphael (Mar 11, 2011), PCWorld, Google Adds Site-Filtering Feature to Search, from http://www.pcworld.com/article/221860/google_adds_sitefiltering_feature_to_search.html#tk.mod_stln

Picture 221860-google-search-results-block-sites_original, from http://www.pcworld.com/article/221860/google_adds_sitefiltering_feature_to_search.html#tk.mod_stln

2 thoughts on “Site-Filtering Feature on Google”

  1. i think that this is a great tool that google offered in order to help personalize search results on the internet. its cool because im sure as long as i am logged onto google then my prefrences will carry through no matter where you are surfing from. and i can understand the anger from companies on blocking entire websites from their results but i tihnk as long as websites offer legitimate content then they should not be worried baout being excluded all too often. but overall i think this is a great way to persure a more user oriented internet

  2. I like this feature because it could allow the users a method of aiding in the refinement of the outcome of Google’s search engine. The feature could also help combat the “gaming of the system” that Google’s search algorithm can not detect. Of course, Google will probably always be perfecting their algorithm, but in the mean time, this gives the power to the people. However, I don’t use this feature, and only if enough people use it, will we see a substantial change in search results. Either way, its a cool feature.

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