Google launched an exciting new feature for Search engine. This new feature will display search results in selfie videos style and not the usual text format that you find normally. This feature seems to have taken inspiration from Wired’s ongoing series on YouTube where celebrities answer the most Googled questions about them. So basically, instead of the usual text format answers, Google will show the search results in selfie video format.
Explaining this feature Google in a blog posted, “You can find answers to questions about notable people on mobile Search, and they’re coming directly from the source.” All you need to do is type the question that you wish to ask your favourite celebrity and as a result the celebrity will answer your question through a self-shot selfie video. These celebrities will be a mix of popular stars new and old and well-established personalities. These selfie videos will be pre-recorded by Google. For example, if you are a Priyanka Chopra fan, and want to know something about her, you may simply type the question on Google and Priyanka will answer your question with a self-shot selfie video.
The search engine giant said that it had started piloting the feature with a few celebrities. As of now, Google has already got answers from several celebrities in store, namely, Priyanka Chopra, Will Ferrell, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gina Rodriguez, Kenan Thompson, Allison Williams, Nick Jonas, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Seth MacFarlane, Jonathan Yeo, and Dominique Ansel. This new feature aims to give a personalized touch to Google Search. The blog post added, “Today’s announcement gives you a snapshot (or should we say selfie-shot) of what’s to come, but in the next few months, you may see more videos as you search for your favourite personalities. For now, pick up your phone to search for one of the people mentioned above-you just might find a surprise video answer waiting for you”.
Google also said that a lot more celebrities and answers would be added to the feature in the coming days, making it accessible to a bigger audience with a wide variety of personalities to choose from. These videos will remain self-recorded to maintain the originality of the concept.
These self-shot selfie videos will be made available only on mobile Search and not on desktop or any other Web embeds. This new search feature is available only in the US initially. But as Google says, “in the next few months, you may see more videos as you search for your favourite personalities” chances are that Google may bring the feature to India and other markets very soon.