Featured Snippets in Google Search are a great way to get quick answers to your queries, but sometimes one answer isn’t enough. Now, Google Search is testing out a new design for Featured Snippets that shows more websites.
What are Featured Snippets in Google Search?
First of all, what are Featured Snippets? If you’ve ever searched for a question in Google Search, you’ve probably seen a result where the first thing on the page is a quote from an article linked directly below, highlighting the answer in bold text.
Snippets are also used to feed data into Google Assistant. If you ask a question and Assistant answers directly, it’s probably pulling that information from a Featured Snippet. Google explains:
Google’s search results sometimes show listings where the snippet describing a page comes before a link to a page, not after as with our standard format. Results displayed this way are called “featured snippets.” You might find featured snippets on their own within overall search results, within the “People also ask” section, or along with Knowledge Graph information.
Google shows more answers with new Feature Snippets
Highlighted by the folks over at SearchEngineLand, Google is testing out a new look for Featured Snippets. Instead of a single card, up to four cards show up with quoted answers to a user’s query. Like typical Snippets, these are focused in on answering a user’s question quickly.
But unlike the usual Featured Snippet look, this provides more information, with slightly less context. Existing Snippets show the paragraph surrounding the answer, while this new design appears mostly limited to just a single sentence, or even less.
Brodie Clark on Twitter saw and documented the new design when searching “what is the recovery for wisdom teeth removal” while William Álvarez saw it when searching “can you give allegra to dogs.”
So far, we’re not seeing this new design on our devices, so it appears to still be in a limited test at this point. Drop a comment below if you’re seeing the updated design.