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Monday, January 30, 2012
New Google+ search
Google just beefed up the search capabilities on Google+ to allow users to start conversations directly from search results. The change makes it easier for Plusers to join or start discussions on specific topics.
For example, if you were to search for “coffee” and then decided to make a post about how the line at your local Starbucks is always crazy long, then you could do it then and there, without clicking off, via a share box on the search results page.
In addition, the site will automatically attach your search term to the post, so if someone else searches for coffee they’ll be able to see your epic lineup rant. Anyone who can see the post can also click on the term to search for it, see the active discussion, and join in immediately from the results page. You can see how it all looks in the screenshot below.
Google+ started out with surprisingly weak search ability. While it provided a way to find topics, called Sparks, it was simply a way to see news from mainstream sources and not a way to see original works on Google+ about that topic. Google eventually introduced a proper search tool for the service in September.
Google+ has also been the centerpiece for Google’s recent big move to integrate social-media posts and links into its core search tool. Called “Search plus Your World,” the new way of presenting results has generated some controversy, with some users finding the prominence of the social links intrusive and other social networks like Twitter complaining about their omission from the tool.