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Google doing human search?

I always thought of Google as Mr. Algorithm, intent solely on developing programs to automate anything web-related.  I was pretty surprised when they announced Lively last week. The implementation had some shortcomings (a browser plugin? for real?), but it does show a little personality. I was even more surprised just now.

We’ve got a couple of casserole dishes that we haven’t used yet, so I did a search for recipes and saw this:

(Image lost in the Great Update of 2009)

Notice the little symbols to the right of the links? Essentially, you can vote up the result or make it poof out of the results altogether (really, just to the bottom of the page). This link has a little more on the “experiment.” It’ll be interesting to see if this thing disappears back into the labs or it actually improves search results.

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