Turn Google SearchWiki on / off

Search business — Tags: — facesaerchteam @ 11:05 pm

Last Thursday Google launched a new feature called SearchWiki and well, it sucked. in my opinion. They turned a perfect clear-purpose product into a noisy icon-dessert which you can’t easily opt out .

I look at Google like 10.000 times a day, i don’t have time for noise, on the other hand, as an SEO manager I’m part of the GoogleEconomy, so i can’t just logout of the Google products or disable this feature completely.

So basically i coded a tiny

firefox greasemonkey enhancement called
searchwiki on/off

which lets you turn Google SearchWiki on if you need it (with this enhancement searchwiki is opt-in, means searchwiki is disabled by default.)

click-to-turn-search-wiki-on

If you ever need the Google SearchWiki feature, i can just turn searchwiki on.

But if you have enough, the just turn SearchWiki off again.

disable-searchwiki

And yes, the on/off status is remembered. So basically now you have a choice. This is how a user centric product is supposed to be from the beginning.

Installation SearchWiki on/off:

1. First you need the great Greasemonkey Firefox add-on.

2. Then just install the Search Wiki On/Off User Script with one-click.

3. Test it

Note: Googles SearchWiki behaviour is currently …. strange, al least here in austria it shows up on .com for some queries sometimes, then it is gone again. The “Wiki” on/off link that comes with this extension shows up all the time at google.com and google.co.uk.

49 Comments »

  1. Great little script you have there. Thanks for taking the time to make my experience with Google less crappy!

    Comment by smoMashup — November 23, 2008 @ 1:14 am
  2. [...] Here’s how you can get rid of SearchWiki for good if you were unfortunate enough to accept it in the first place: use a Greasemonkey script created by Austrian developer Franz Enzenhofer and just click a button to turn it off. Instructions are here. [...]

  3. [...] Here’s how you can get rid of SearchWiki for good if you were unfortunate enough to accept it in the first place: use a Greasemonkey script created by Austrian developer Franz Enzenhofer and just click a button to turn it off. Instructions are here. [...]

  4. [...] Here’s how you can get rid of SearchWiki for good if you were unfortunate enough to accept it in the first place: use a Greasemonkey script created by Austrian developer Franz Enzenhofer and just click a button to turn it off. Instructions are here. [...]

  5. You are my hero. Thank you.

    Comment by TJ Sondermann — November 23, 2008 @ 8:45 am
  6. [...] Web, Wiki Once activated it’s hard to stop SearchWiki’s noise: The firefox greasemonkey enhancement helps; http://is.gd/8DH5   [...]

  7. [...] על כל פנים, בעלי הפיירפוקס מביניכם (ואלה שעדיין משתמשים בגועל שנקרא איכספלורר - למה?!) יכולים להתקין סקריפט של Greasemonkey ולכבות את SearchWiki כדי שלא יפריע לכם בחיפושים. ההוראות נמצאות כאן. [...]

  8. [...] con SearchWiki questo non mi pare accadere: il paradiso di troll e spammer! Anzi c’è già chi dà consigli su come disabilitarlo. Tags: Google, searchwiki, [...]

    Pingback by Personale opinione su SearchWiki « Alphakappa — November 23, 2008 @ 3:07 pm
  9. [...] to know how to get rid of it. You can’t in your Google setting but you can use Firefox with Greasemonkey script and poof it will go [...]

  10. [...] in our Google options. In the mean time, Austrian developer Franz Enzenhofer has developed a Greasemonkey script that lets you turn Google SearchWiki off (and [...]

    Pingback by » Google SearchWiki: What are the implications? — November 23, 2008 @ 4:44 pm
  11. [...] in our Google options. In the mean time, Austrian developer Franz Enzenhofer has developed a Greasemonkey script that lets you turn Google SearchWiki off (and [...]

  12. Genius.

    Blogged and linked back to you here:

    http://www.jonathanmacdonald.com/?p=2219

    Comment by jMac — November 23, 2008 @ 8:33 pm
  13. Good job. Google designers don’t want people to be able to easily turn off features it is testing because otherwise people turn them off before they give them a “fair trial”.

    Now if you could just find a way to remove the stupid “Home” panel, which just sits there taking up 10% of my horizontal screen space, I would once again be a happy Google user.

    Comment by wiildcatherder — November 23, 2008 @ 10:18 pm
  14. [...] lesson in fast-thinking, fast-coding linkbait to us all, get Greasemonkey’s firefox addon and facesaerch’s script and then you can just switch it on (default off) if you ever want to see it, and off again whenever [...]

  15. [...] for the people who have already enabled SearchWiki a FireFox GreaseMonkey script is now availible here to remove the SearchWiki features. Share and [...]

  16. Thanks for the heads up Franz. I have updated my post.

    Comment by Saad Kamal — November 24, 2008 @ 12:03 am
  17. [...] The reports are true, Google SearchWiki is back. The reports continue to be mixed.  There’s even a Greasmonkey script created by Franz Enzenhofer to remove the SearchWiki available here. [...]

  18. [...] musings about it from TechCrunch here .. which also provides a link to some instructions on how to switch it off … using a Firefox Greasemonkey script… [...]

  19. [...] Greasemonkey script to turn off Google SearchWiki is now available.  This one is a little different in that it adds a link at the top of the search results so you [...]

  20. [...] Istruzioni e script per chi volesse saperne di più sono disponibili a questo indirizzo. [...]

  21. [...] Here’s how you can get rid of SearchWiki for good if you were unfortunate enough to accept it in the first place: use a Greasemonkey script created by Austrian developer Franz Enzenhofer and just click a button to turn it off. Instructions are here. [...]

  22. [...] Here’s how you can get rid of SearchWiki for good if you were unfortunate enough to accept it in the first place: use a Greasemonkey script created by Austrian developer Franz Enzenhofer and just click a button to turn it off. Instructions are here. [...]

  23. [...] Se volete disabilitare Google SearchWiki , le istruzioni sono QUI [...]

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  24. [...] Pues descargando el script de Greasemonkey disponible en Facesaerch (link [...]

  25. [...] is another more sophisticated script for FireFox: [...]

    Pingback by How to disable Google SearchWiki | I Hate Dr. Oz — November 24, 2008 @ 9:07 pm
  26. [...] Ahora, si te parece que los botoncitos no tienen ningún sentido, y que solo tienen la función de contaminación visual, puedes desactivarlos mediante un script de Greasemonkey (necesitas tener el plugin de Greasemonkey instalado) creado por Franz Enzenhofer. Sigan las instrucciones para hacerlo desde este link. [...]

  27. Awesome. Thanks.

    Comment by Matt — November 24, 2008 @ 11:00 pm
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  29. [...] SearchWiki on/off when we need – Franz Enzenhofer coded Firefox Greasemonkey enhancement called SearchWiki on/off! Install it and enjoy search with or without SearchWiki – as you want. Click to turn SearchWiki [...]

  30. Hi,

    Thanks for the script, I am one of the Googlers who really annoyed by this new feature.

    You have been great help.

    Thanks

    Comment by Lakkineni — November 25, 2008 @ 7:45 pm
  31. [...] new Google feature is focused around user’s inability to turn it off. While there are several browser plugins available to hide the SearchWiki functions, for most users the SearchWiki is now a permanent part [...]

  32. [...] new Google feature is focused around user’s inability to turn it off. While there are several browser plugins available to hide the SearchWiki functions, for most users the SearchWiki is now a permanent part [...]

  33. [...] and that there is no opt out provided by Google. However, a script has already been developed to disable the SearchWiki which seems to be so popular that perhaps Google will take [...]

  34. Since opt-in and double opt in became standard practice across the Net years ago for email subscriptions, RSS etc, Google needs to consider the ethics of automatic opt in with no opt out. Thanks for the code.

    Comment by Clickthrough Marketing — November 26, 2008 @ 4:48 pm
  35. [...] new Google feature is focused around a user’s inability to turn it off. While there are several browser plugins available to hide the SearchWiki functions, for most users the SearchWiki is now a permanent part [...]

  36. Works like a bloody charm mate … sit back and have a pint or two dozen then, you deserve it…

    Comment by McNeely — November 29, 2008 @ 11:42 am
  37. [...] into this feature without a clear means of disabling the functionality.  FireFox users can use this script to enable the functionality to turn SearchWiki on and off at [...]

  38. Thank you so much. I hated SearchWiki.

    Comment by nightwalker — December 4, 2008 @ 1:34 am
  39. Could someone adapt this useful script for Opera? Or is it already somewhere? The greasemonkey version is not working for me. Thanks

    Comment by opera_user — December 9, 2008 @ 12:29 am
  40. [...] be seen as quite pore (seems instead of organizing the worlds information they seem to be more busy to force half baked wiki functions down our throat) so [...]

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  42. [...] まずサーチウィキの機能はいらないので、消してみようということに。そこでTwitterでセルフSEOブログさんから教えていただいたNo SearchWikiと、“searchwiki on/off“を試してみました。すると見事にサーチウィキが消えました。 [...]

  43. Google has changed the IDs recently (on or about 02-Jul-2009). The new IDs for some of the buttons are w4 and w5.

    Comment by Joe Phi — July 3, 2009 @ 8:31 pm
  44. [...] into this feature without a clear means of disabling the functionality.  FireFox users can use this script to enable the functionality to turn SearchWiki on and off at [...]

  45. I dont really mind the search wiki all that much but thanx for posting sometimes it does get a little annoying when youre trying to do research oriented searchs

    Comment by DaveM — November 24, 2009 @ 5:32 pm
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  47. Thank you so much. I hated SearchWiki.

    Comment by seo manchester — May 25, 2011 @ 3:31 pm
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