How To Turn Off New Google SearchWiki [Firefox Only]

25 11 2008

Last week Google launched the SearchWiki feature, “a way for you to customize search by re-ranking, deleting, adding, and commenting on search results” as titled by Google, “a way to clutter your minimalist search results and throw away market share” as titled by Just Google It.

Although Google intended for this new tool to improve users search experience and enhance the relevance of the sites on offer, it has got a bit of a bashing around the Internet, not least from TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington in his ‘Google, It Wasn’t Broke’ blog rant. The main problem with SearchWiki is that once you’ve accepted to use it, Google offers you no way back, so we offer to show you how to turn it off.

Arrington's Advice To His Blog Readers

Arrington advises his blog readers

Step 1: Install Greasemonkey for Firefox
To begin giving yourself the option to turn SearchWiki on or off, you need to install the Greasemonkey plugin for Firefox, a small add-on  that allows you to change the way webpages are displayed through small JavaScript codes – don’t worry, the code will be provided!

screenshot-greasemonkey-firefox-add-ons-mozilla-firefox

Once Greasemonkey is installed in your Firefox, restart the browser.

Step 2: Install the JavaScript code
Once Firefox has restarted, click the link for this code. This will then open a dialog box to install the script via Greasemonkey.

screenshot-greasemonkey-installation

Click on ‘Install’. When it has installed the JavaScript, a small monkey face will appear in the bottom right-hand corner of your Firefox, like this:

screenshot-just-google-it-mozilla-firefox

Step 3: Testing
If you now go to Google’s homepage and conduct a search (as long as you’re logged in to your Google account), you should see the ‘Wiki off’ option at the top next to ‘Shopping’, ‘Mail’ and ‘More’

screenshot

If you click on the ‘Wiki off’ link, it will change to ‘Wiki’ and disable the Google SearchWiki function and revert you back to the nice, clean search results layout of old.

screenshot-google-google-search-mozilla-firefox

Thanks to the Facesaerch blog (that is the correct order of lettering) coding.

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