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Somehow feeling guilty this has not surfaced on infosthetics before, but here it is anyway. Google recently introduced its so-called Wonder Wheel [google.com] as an addition to its normal results page. Next to the somewhat strange naming choice (is it a mixture of a popular television quiz show and a fabric softener?), this new feature shows how Google might be slowly stepping into the search visualization space. You should be able to see the graph for yourself, either by following the link above, or by choosing the "Show Options..." link immediately under the search box on a results page. If not, check out the movie below.

The Flash-based interactive visualization starts with the main keyword in the center, and places related terms around it in a circular fashion. Clicking on a related term creates a new, connected circle with more related terms. Whenever one clicks on a term, to the very right, the web results change to reflect your current topic of focus.

What do you think? Useful?

Thnkx Andrew! More on Blogoscoped and Search Engine Land.

See also Google Graph for Public Data and Google News Headline. Are these really only reactions to Wolfram Alpha?

Or check out EyePlorer, Cocovas, Brynsbrain, RedZee and SearchMe, Oskope, Search Crystal, LikeMnemomap, bRainmap, Casual Search, Tianamo 3D.



This makes me really happy. I feel guilty I haven't found it yet either! Exciting development that could prove educating the world as a whole, much more quickly in terms of visual thinking.

Wed 20 May 2009 at 8:45 AM

It's extremely basic, but it definitely serves a purpose. I put in "Hume" and it brought in related philosophers. I kept picking anc choosing, creating more radials... it was a good way to find related philosophers or even just a trail of philosophers in general. So I think it helps explore related concepts or maybe brainstorm.

I also feel odd for not knowing about this. Google does a great job of hiding all their tools.

Wed 20 May 2009 at 8:51 AM

Still not the perfect tool, but the best to use in order to sind the terms. Luke you wrote: "starts with the main keyword in the center, and places related terms around it in a circular fashion"
Im sure Google will expend the capabilities soon


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