This morning Google has launched a customizable version of its search engine that allows users to prioritize or limit search results to a defined set of web sites.
While Google has since quite some time allowed web site owners to create their customized search engines the new service includes many more options. Users will also be able to allow others to contribute to their own index page.
Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Google Search Products and User Experience describes the new product as following:
…Google Custom Search Engines empower users to choose which pages they want to include in their index, how the content should be prioritized, whether others can contribute to their index, and what the search results page will look like…
…We want to make it easy for anyone to create a search engine about all of their favorite topics, without needing a Ph.D. Everyone – businesses, organizations, moms, dads, teenagers, and teachers – can harness the power of Google technology to create a personalized search experience that reflects specific knowledge and interests…
Google has created a wizard that allows customizing the options in a few easy steps.
The service is currently only available in English. Intuit, MacWorld and others are already using it on their web sites. Google has created an example page to demonstrate the new solution.
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