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How to: Turn Off Google’s New Personal Results

Search, plus Your World

Google is aggressively moving by making changes to all of it’s products in terms of  User Interfaces and usages. We saw many updates from Google team these days. Recently, Google made a great move by combining Google+ posts within the search results and called it as Personal Results!

This update was very useful to many users as we get to know the most accurate search suggested by the Google+ users to whom we are connected. Yeah, we do trust our friends and their suggestion.

Google Search, Plus Your World!

Here is a video commercial of Search+.

There is a lot of talk about how it’s anticompetitive and a sign of Google abusing its legal monopoly in search to push Google+, but the reality is, “search+” as many have come to call it, just isn’t very good or useful in most instances.

Twitter slams Google!

Somewhere it irked a fellow of social media site Twitter. Lead lawyer @Twitter, Alex Macgillivray, called it a “bad day for the internet”, and suggested – as a former Google employee – that there would have been dissent internally “at search being warped this way”.

Twitter - @amac- Reply

The company later followed it up with a statement, saying,

As we’ve seen time and time again, news breaks first on Twitter, as a result, Twitter accounts and tweets are often the most relevant results. We’re concerned that as a result of Google’s changes, finding this information will be much harder for everyone. We think that’s bad for people, publishers, news organizations and Twitter users.

Steps to disable Personal Results

For all those who didn’t like “Personal Results” on Google search page, here is how you can turn them off permanently.

Step 1: On Google search page, head towards the search settings menu by clicking on the cogwheel in the top right corner of the screen and click on “search settings”.

Google Search Settings Pane

Step 2: Scroll down until you see “Personal results” section and select “Do not use personal results.”

How to Turn Off Google’s New Personal Results

Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Save Button”

You are done! Search+ is off by default now. You can still turn it on anytime by reverting back the above steps.

How many of you didn’t like the Personal Result or Search+ feature by Google? What is the reason? Share it via comments. Thank you!

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