Google Tests display Web Pages in Search Results of YouTube. Google is testing the display of organic web-page listings in the search results of YouTube. When people search YouTube for subjects, Google has been spotted providing links to web sites. This was first discovered by a Reddit user who posted the screenshot below.
YouTube Search Results
In the example above you can see how a single result on a web page splits up a list with search results which is otherwise full of images. Users may either access the show page on YouTube or click a button to search directly on Google.
There is no suggestion that the product of the project is funded, indicating that Google takes it upon itself to do so to assist people.
However, if comments are any indication in r/Google subreddit, this feature won’t be well received.
“That’s really annoying. If I want a google search, I’d go to google. They should not treat users like tech illiterate people.”
“That’s just bad. Who would want such a feature? I hope it’s optional.”
“That would just ruin the YouTube experience. Haven’t they done enough with moving the comments.”
“If it only comes up when there are not many results, it’s okay I guess. But if I search something with millions of results I wanna scroll down infinitely :D”
Will this function be helpful?
Here are few reasons about why the functionality may not be as bad as people suggest for the sake of hearing from people from both sides.
“I don’t know man, sometimes I’m looking for a tutorial but I want a video explaining it, and if it doesn’t exists now I have the option to do a quick Google search in the app.”
“The problem is when I need an answer to a question, and I don’t want to watch someone’s 7 minutes of filler before they answer it, and then ask us to like and subscribe in every way possible for 3 minutes.”
“I might like this. I often do a back to back search like that.”
Admittedly more people argue against the feature than for it, but on both sides, there are some compelling points. This is not clear how widely this research is being carried out. The Reddit user who released the screenshot has found the Android search in the YouTube app.
I’m doing a lot of searches on YouTube from my iPhone and MacBook for what it’s worth, and I have to run into this specific study. Obviously several users run into trouble, however, and as time goes by, Google will speed up its research.
Source: Search Engine Journal