'What Do You Love?' New Google Site Wants to Know
Google is no stranger to new projects, but normally they receive a bit more fanfare before their release. Recently users stumbled upon a new Google site, at wdyl.com, that brings together all the major Google tools to help you find the things you love.
The site is called "What Do You Love?" and has a simple search bar for entering keywords. Below are small boxes for results from Google properties such as Image Search, News, Google Earth , Books, Mobile, Translate, Product Search, Maps, Groups and more.
The site isn't for specific needs; instead, it caters more toward exploration. For instance, if I know I need to translate some text, I would probably want to go directly to Google Translate. But if I want to learn more about cocker spaniels, wdyl.com can provide a wide variety of results in an instant.
The results are remarkably comprehensive, too. On a whim, a colleague typed in "chicken and waffles" and was surprised to get a full set of results from nearly every Google property. In fact, there was even a 3-D model of chicken and waffles from Google SketchUp.
In essence, wdyl.com is a new type of search engine, but instead of offering a list of text results, it brings multiple results categories into a single place. It may not be the right answer for searches with a specific result in mind, but for exploration searches, the site certainly offers a much broader view.
Despite the useful aspects, wdyl.com is still primarily concerned with advocating Google tools . For instance, there are boxes that try to work search terms into an advertisement for things that people don't necessarily search for, such as Gmail and Google Moderator. And the site tried to convince us to schedule a date with chicken and waffles in Google Calendar and then give him/her/it a call with Google Voice.
No thanks, I'll just keep staring at the 3-D rendering and wishing it was lunchtime.