The other day I was looking for a particular South Park meme to respond to a co-worker’s message (as one does), and encountered an interesting result page from Google.
Clearly I want to find the Cartman link, but was surprised to see Google importing my own calendar entries for this search term. So I tested a few different variations before I finally noticed the “learn more” link. Turns out this was just a feature that I’d overlooked when the flight and contact info rolled out.
Funny thing is, when I try to search for “what are my plans for tomorrow”, I don’t get anything that looks like my original image, or anything special at all.
So I tried a few more variations to see how smart it was.
Searches that showed my calendar items:
- I do what I want
- Today’s Agenda (though it did not mention the suitcase up in the Sentra)
- this week’s agenda
- the month’s agenda (which properly curtailed itself at the end of the month)
- May agenda (which skipped quite a bit and only showed two items for May)
- this week schedule
Other searches that didn’t work:
- to do
- to do list
- to do today
- next month’s agenda
- may to do
This observation may not be terribly insightful, but it is interesting to see the implementation, and limitations, or machine learning and data cross-over.
Note: This may have been a test or potential bug, as the same search term today does not bring back my calendar entries.
- Google is testing new UI and features for Google Calendar (geek.com)
- Hightrack Combines Your Agenda, To-Dos, and Weekly Review In One Tool (lifehacker.com)
- Google’s 2014 Redesign: Before and After (moz.com)
- Google knows what you’ll do tomorrow (denverpost.com)