Quietly, SuperMedia is rolling out a new approach to online search. If you look on Switchboard.com today, you’ll notice that search results are presented differently from before. Now, Switchboard’s top results based on relevancy are plotted on a map (this might look familiar), with the remaining results pushed further down the page.
This represents the beginning of a shift from inclusion-based results to relevancy results across SuperMedia’s properties.
SuperMedia’s Robyn Rose told us earlier this week that Switchboard and LocalSearch.com often act as test beds for the SuperPages IYP mothership, so we won’t see SuperMedia switch over to relevancy until any kinks are worked out on the secondary properties. Rose didn’t commit to a timetable for launching the new approach on SuperPages.
Here is how results used to look.
And here is how they appear now.