Google opened up access to its new generative search experience today, and our very own Barry Schwartz is one of the first to get it.
Although he had to go offline for the Shavuot holiday, he was able to share several tweets with pictures of his first tests. I’ve collected most of these in this article so you can take a look at the experiment that is Google SGE.
Google’s welcome email
It’s Barry’s turn to try out Search Labs! This is the email message that Google sent with the “You’re in” message.
Yes, we’re ready to start experimenting with Search Labs.
But first you have to agree after reading this long and crazy SGE Privacy Notice:
search [when does Shavous start?]
Google didn’t show the time, but Barry likes how you can expand on the answers.
Also, look at all those organic/free snackable links you can click on.
Barry said the follow-up responses are “pretty good”:
search [where to get a haircut near me]
In local search. We have a 5-pack:
And a pack of 3:
search [where can I learn about SEO]
Where can you learn SEO? Well… this is what you get from Google:
Search: [who writes at Search Engine Land?]
Some queries on how to do this
How do we tie our shoes or change our tires, Google?
Some questions about your money, your life
Some have AI-generated answers and some don’t, as Google said would be the case:
what about barry
Some Vanity Quests by Barry Schwartz:
Here are a couple of Barry’s tweets with GIFs showing the SGE on mobile.
Editor’s Note: I will update this article with more screenshots later. Until then, you can find many more searches about politics, shopping, sports and more on Barry’s Twitter feed, which you can find here.