Today, I watched the video on Google’s experiments on social search. They call it Google Reviews though. From the name I can see that they didn’t have the full vision in the beginning of the project. However, this is a very strong and correct first footstep into Social Search.
Social Search is for sure the “Future of Search”. Add digg and del.icio.us together to Google, preferably find a way to add friendfeed on top of these and you’ll have the future of “search and more” (I mean that will not only be search).
I wonder what Baidu and the other country focused search companies are doing in terms of social features. The winner in the “Future of Search” will have pretty good social features embedded into their search results. For me, it seems like Google will be the winner in social search.
Emre Sokullu’s work at Hakia.com is also a good example on what can be done at Social Search. I think Hakia saw Google’s entry into social search and that’s why they are now focusing more on a specific country (namely; Turkey).
If you’re in the search business, its really time to put some social features into your offering.