Google According to Coronavirus, this year has become the biggest addiction issue for a country mile this year. To continue its efforts to make the most of this attention, the company launched a new pandemic information portal and improved search experience for desktop and mobile in late Friday.
According to Google, the search experience has been updated to respond to the expansion of people's information needs. The new information portal also offers basic and useful information (e.g. on symptoms) as well as numerous links and options to explore further on site.
On the Google page or in the search, links to conversation forums or places where you can hear and speak to other average people are particularly missing. Google has never been particularly successful in its numerous efforts to penetrate social media. This underlines this and helps him stay away from the fact that many of these forums are not always well managed. I would imagine that over time, more direct communication tools like the Google Hangouts product and possibly others in the same category could be added or linked.
Let us go into some details.
The new search experience now includes not only search results, but also a number of additional links to "relevant information" from the health authorities as well as updated data and visualizations.
"This new format organizes the search results page to make it easier to navigate information and resources, and more information can be added over time as it becomes available," said Emily Moxley, product manager for search at Google, in a blog post .
The search experience now includes links to a Twitter carousel with accounts from local civil organizations near you, as well as a new section with the most common questions about the pandemic of the World Health Organization and disease control and prevention centers.
This will be introduced in English in the U.S. first, and Google has announced plans to add more languages and regions soon.
The portal – which is also available first for the United States – offers health tips and advice for those affected. Links to other official resources; Links to localized resources; Links to fundraisers; the latest statistics; and an overview of all of Google’s own work (e.g. the specific efforts that Google makes). We have asked the company when and if it intends to cover other regions outside the United States, and we will update as soon as we learn more.
This is an important step for Google. The internet has emerged as an important platform since the inception of the novel corona virus from China, but not everything has been positive.
On the one hand, there was a lot of misinformation about the virus, and the Internet as a whole (plus certain websites like Google's search and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter) has played a big role in spreading most of the viruses this bad news . (Unfortunately, not all searches and clicks lead to the right information or good data.)
On the other hand, it is also an indispensable resource: In countries where the healthcare system is already overwhelmed by the influx of people seeking help, official online portals (like this one) play a very important role in checking incoming requests before people physically access the system put in (if you have to). And the Internet is the main place people will turn to in the coming days and weeks when asked to isolate themselves socially to slow the spread of the pandemic and their role in providing information, but hopefully to be fulfilled even with distraction and enrichment.
The Google website brings together as much positive and legitimate information as possible.
The main page focuses on the most important basics: a brief overview of the virus, a list of the most common symptoms, a list of the most common measures you can take to prevent or spread the infection, and one (very brief for now )) Section about treatments.
This will display more detailed links to videos and other resources for specific interests, such as advice for the elderly and a map-based data map to monitor what's going on elsewhere. and then resources for further help on topics that crop up frequently, e.g. B. Advice for people working from home or setting up self-isolation, online educational advice, cooking resources, and more. Relief efforts to date have only a link to the Solidarity Response Fund, which was launched by the UN Foundation and received a donation of $ 50 million from Google. .
There are a number of other aid and fundraisers, including those designed to help fund the race for research to improve the medical tools and medicine we need to fight this. I think the idea is that all of these sections will grow and evolve as the situation develops.