Google recently revealed it has been secretly testing a new element in its infamous algorithm, the set of codes and calculations that decide what order websites are ranked in when people run searches. It’s been nicknamed Rankbrain and the announcement confirms that the rollout is already complete, having been phased in throughout early 2015.
Now Rankbrain is fully implemented and it’s estimated that it’s involved with rankings for around 80% of search queries. “Google has actually said that Rankbrain is the third most important ranking factor now,” says Diana Esho, Managing Director of prominent Leicester SEO company, 123 Ranking. “Although it refuses to confirm what the top two factors actually are. It has been speculated that these two factors are text content (i.e. the words that are used on the website matching the search term) and inbound links from external sources.”
Gmail, the search engine giant Google’s web-based e-mail system, has always included features that you can use to textually search to find specific messages within the various folders of your e-mail account. The unique search features that Gmail includes makes it easy for users to navigate around their e-mail messages.
Earlier this month, Google announced on their Gmail blog that they have added even more search features to their quality e-mail service. Christian Kurmann, a Software Engineer for Google, announces these changes:
We’re always looking for ways to make it faster and easier for you to find your messages using search in Gmail. So starting today, you can now search emails by size, more flexible date options, exact match, and more.
One of the new implementations that Gmail has added to the search functionality is the option to find e-mail messages by filesize. For example, if you want to find an e-mail message 4MB or larger, you can input “size:4m” (without quotes). You can also list e-mails older than a specific date by using the older_than: operator.
What do you think about Gmail’s e-mail text search functionality? Does it help you find e-mail messages in a more organized and timely fashion? Please leave your feedback in this post’s comments section.