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Google Instant Update: Blue Arrow

Google introduced [1] several new features to instant search last week, including expanding instant search to several of its vertical search options, like News, Videos and Blogs, launching the service in twelve new countries, and introducing new keyboard navigation features.

One detail of the new services that’s been easy to overlook is the new blue arrow appearing next to the top search result. The subtle detail is part of Google’s expanding keyboard navigation features. The blue arrow can be moved by pressing on your keyboard’s ‘up’ and ‘down’ navigation keys, and arrowed results can be selected by holding down on the enter key.

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The blue arrow also appears next to Sponsored Ads, prompting the question of whether or not the #1 paid search position just became even more valuable.

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Although a subtle addition, it will be interesting to see whether Google’s new blue arrow points to a shift towards more mobile friendly navigation features.

About Camille Canon

Outside of summer jobs and not-for-profit internships, The Search Agency is my first official place of employment. I recently graduated from Mount Holyoke College, where I studied Art History and German. I am an avid cook, baker, and destroyer of diets. My specialties are cream cheese brownies, biscotti cookies and lemon bars. I am also an Art enthusiast. Living in Berlin enables me to follow a young, emerging Art scene complete with “eccentric” performance pieces and temporarily converted butcher shop galleries. I also enjoy running, traveling, and handy work. Camille Canon + [9]