Google has been showcasing some of their future developments that it will be looking to trial in the next few months and 1 tool that caught my eye is a series of filters/sorts down the left of the search results.
In all my time in this field there’s been very few sites that haven’t been improved by such functionality.
However my gut instinct is that Google is so powerful that if there’s a relevant result it will be near the top anyway. Adding filters means you’ve got to spend more time adjusting the filter options before deciding if the search term you entered is suitable, or if you need to re-search.
Using relevant filters will reduce this effect, but this tool should only be introduced if many people find it useful. I don’t want to see Google – the minimalist design icon – suffer from “function creep” (where more and more functions are added to an interface, until it is unrecognisable).