In the past few weeks we have seen a number of new search engine launches. First there was Wolfram Alpha, then Microsoft Bing and now Google Squared. Google Squared is a new experimental search engine from Google Labs that puts search results in a neat spreadsheet type layout, broken down into categories.
Search “cell phones”, and you will get a list of phones, a brief description, technology used, band etc. You can add more rows and columns to the results. Click the Add button and select one from the suggested or create your own categories. The results aren’t that great but the information is easy to read. Depending upon what you search, you could get either perfect results or utter chaos. Try “US presidents” and you will get everything you want to know on one single page. Now try “word war 2” and the results are a mixture of people, events and places all thrown together in disorder.
Google Squared works for search terms that are concrete and easy to comprehend. When you search “US presidents” you want to know about the people who held that position and nothing else. But “word war 2” is a broad term and so confuses the search engine. And occasionally Google Squared goofs up. I tried "Intel Core i7", and this is what I got.
Also search for “Microsoft Bing” and “Wolfram Alpha” draws blank. Probably business rivalry :) Like Wolfram Alpha, Google Squared is nice to play with for a few minutes, but eventually you will return back to traditional search.