Google sightings: adding richness to results

A query on “subversion” now surfaces links for download, UML, FAQ, and project page as sub-elements of the first result. Nicely done! Google is building more useful data into each results (searches on company names now reveal the current stock price, for example), but this is the first time I’ve seen the most useful subsections of a site called out like that. Click on the image for a larger view.
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3 thoughts on “Google sightings: adding richness to results

  1. Josh September 8, 2005 / 1:21 pm

    My guess is that this info is pulled from data submitted to the Google Sitemaps product.

  2. Bill September 8, 2005 / 2:42 pm

    I’m not sure that is purely a google auto-aggregation thing. I think it may have to do with the outline “site-map” thing you can create for Google to use.
    Try a search on ColdFusion and see what appears for the first link.. Macromedia and it’s “child links” are for Flash Player, Flash MX 2004, Sign In, and Products..
    Pretty neat idea if it is being done without the input of the “google site-map” tool.
    The stock quote bit is pretty handy. I hadn’t noticed that till I typed in CVS (the pharmacy)

  3. jon September 10, 2005 / 11:28 am

    Wow! Cool stuff.
    Would people suggest that I submit a long, detailed sitemap.xml to google, or a short one with the top links on my site?
    I’m pretty sure that google spiders already know where all my content is: my main reason for submitting a sitemap would be to get the effect I blogged about above.
    There are a ton of tools for generating mega-sitemap files for your site (just type “google sitemaps” into, err, google, and you’ll see them). But I think a 4 or 5 url sitemap would be more likely to result in the effect that I’m looking for.

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