Google Decides Its Now Hip to Be Square
Google Squared went live today. You may recall that it was introduced at Google’s Searchology event last month, at the same time the "search options" feature was released. Following is a demo from the event:
Google squared is a Google Lab, which takes a category (like US presidents, roller coasters, or digital cameras) and attempts to create a starter "square" of information, automatically fetching and organizing facts from across the web.
Users can modify their squares by removing rows and columns they don’t like, or by adding new rows and columns. Google Squared will attempt to fetch relevant facts.
"Verify and correct the facts in your square by exploring original sources and investigating other possible values," Google explains on the Google Squared Labs page. "If you’re happy with your square you can save it and come back to it later. Google Squared does the grunt work for you, making research fast and easy."
Reactions to Google Squared have been mixed, but seem to be positive for the most part. You can search Twitter for some quick thoughts on it from the public:
Google squared is interesting because of its spreadsheet-like interface, and it scans the entire web rather than just a database. This sets it apart from sites like Wolfram Alpha for example.
Keep in mind that Google Squared is still just in Lab stage, and it will probably not be perfect. There are usually bugs in labs, but Google is no doubt happy to hear you feedback on it so it can be improved. Perhaps one day we’ll see it become a full-on product.