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