08 September 2015

Recently visited pages highlighted in Google search results

Apparently, sometime in the first half of the year, Google removed some search filters, including the filter for visited pages – I say ‘apparently’ because I’ve never used the feature and was barely aware it existed. But in the mean time Google found a better, more transparent way to integrate this information into search results. For links visited through past search results (and logged-in users), Google now shows a small grey label underneath, including the date and number of times you visited the page. It’s a powerful indicator of relevancy, especially if you’ve visited the same site multiple times, meaning you found important information there. The feature is most likely powered by Google Search History – recently I’ve been browsing mostly in Edge, so the integration with Google Chrome browsing history can’t play a significant role.

Google Search results showing visited pages

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