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Google Patents Showing Link Info Before Click

Applied For Six Years Ago, Granted Now....Still Relevant?

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All the way back in 2003, Google filed a patent application for "Methods and systems for assisted network browsing. That patent has been granted this week. The patent abstract reads:

Systems and methods for assisted network browsing are described. In one described method, a client device receives an interest signal indicating a user’s interest in a hyperlink contained in a first document. The client device responds to the interest signal by generating a request signal comprising a request for third-party-provided information about a second document associated with the hyperlink. The client device receives the requested third-party-provided information and causes it to be output in association with the first document.

Think about all that Google has created and acquired in the years since December 31, 2003 when this patent was filed. It’s hard to say just what Google had in mind for this and if that is still relevant to the company’s plans years later. Could it have been just a way to look at info on search results before you went to them? Bill Slawski at SEO By the Sea ponders whether or not it is something that could be applied to the Chrome browser. Has some ideas of possible things that could be displayed:

- Ratings

- Annotations

- History of use

- Anchor text pointing to the page from other pages

- Summaries or other data associated with the destination page.

There’s no telling what Google’s plans are for this patent, or even if they still have any. You can read all the details of the patent here or a condensed version with commentary with Slawski’s article.

Google Patents Showing Link Info Before Click


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  • http://www.seosean.com Affordable SEO Services

    Interesting, well what ever it is it’s now either been in use for sometime or thrown out by now. I believe from the sounds of it to look like Google is recording what people are clicking on in their search results.

  • http://www.bigsurrealestate.com/ Big Sur Real Estate

    It is an interesting concept. Not sure how relevant it is these days. However, I like the idea of ratings and history being placed in something like this. However, like all things, it would be nice to turn such a feature off if it turned out to be annoying.

  • http://www.thebookabyss.com.au Australian Online Bookshop

    I do wonder if this patent is even relevant now given the shift in search dynamics over the past 6 years. The rating and historical information will be based on a completly different set of search parameters and therefore become irrelevant. The speed at which search engines and search results are developing surely makes any search result data more than 12 months old already out of date.

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