YouTube Search Goes Visual With the Wonder Wheel

Mashable! by Stan Schroeder

YouTube LogoAlthough many alternative search engines, like Quintura and Viewzi, have tried to make search a more visual experience, Google has been quite cautious when it comes to visual search.

An interesting new YouTube feature, however, shows that they have been experimenting with it behind closed doors, and – more importantly – they’re ready to use it on one of the biggest search engines out there, the YouTube search. It’s called the Wonder Wheel, and it’s a way to browse videos through association; similar to how another cool visual discovery engine, Liveplasma, lets you discover new artists through connection with the artists you know and like.

Wonder Wheel appears in the top right corner of your search results, but it’s present only when you get a lot of results. For searches with less results YouTube will not suggest other searches, and the Wonder Wheel option will be absent, too.

As with most other search experiments, the Wonder Wheel will not substitute the regular YouTube search, but it can be great for discovering new videos or simply killing a little time – and we all know that’s what YouTube is really for.

Wonder Wheel is not all that’s new at YouTube; in fact, Google has been diligently adding new features in the last couple of weeks. Advanced search has also recently been updated, offering users the ability to narrow down their search with time of upload, as well as its location and length.


Reviews: Google, YouTube

Tags: Search, Wonder Wheel, youtube

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