Google knows a lot, both about its users and about the internet in general. Today, the team in Mountain View has found a new way to share more of its vast knowledge of the web with us by providing background info on sites that show up in search results. You see, site information is gleaned from Google’s Knowledge Graph, and for every site we’ve checked thus far, that means the data’s coming from Wikipedia, so don’t go thinking that this new cursory background check is 100-percent accurate.
Google today announced a new Google Search feature that surfaces more information about certain websites. The description will be available when a site is “widely recognized as notable online, when there is enough information to show or when the content may be handy for you,” according to the company. All you have to do is click on the name next to the link, and voilà. This extra information, provided by Google’s Knowledge Graph, is shown directly on the search results page, but it’s only available on the desktop site for now. The company wouldn’t say when it expects to bring this feature to its mobile site and apps, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it became available sometime later this year.