Google is recently testing a new form of “snippets” to its Search engine, adding information relevant to the webpage in a carousel of relevant headings and small blurbs.
The feature was noted by a few users across Twitter, when they used Google Search to look up anything that had an associated Wikipedia page. As of yet, this feature does seem to be limited to Wikipedia, and might probably stay as such for the potential years to come. More on that later. Searching up a celebrity’s name, for example Sylvester Stallone, will lead to the usual Search results popping up. A link to his Wikipedia page will probably be one of the earlier results too.
However, upon scrolling down, one will notice a bunch of sub headings below the link and its preview text. The subheadings, such as Early Life, Acting Career, etc., will be the same as those within the Wikipedia page. They will also have preview text available, which can be read in full once the page is opened up. Scrolling right to left will reveal further headings, thus forming the “carousel” appearance previously alluded to.
The carousel, while reportedly limited to Wikipedia for the nonce, can extend itself to any and all Wikipedia pages. Circulating screenshots have the Wikipedia carousels forming under results for famous individuals, company names, and even more random searches such as “bears”. It’s an impressive little update, even if it ultimately might lead to the entire Search results webpage having a more cluttered…