In Getting the Answer You Like, Roy Tennant notes (with some healthy skepticism) that Google now allows you to craft your own search results. SearchWiki “lets you customize your Google Web Search results by ranking, removing, and adding notes to them.”
I understand all the concerns with privacy, and certainly don’t want to share with Google or anyone else my searches for recipes, long-lost high school chums, or other personal stuff.
BUT — how cool would this be as a reference tool? I would love to be able to send a customized, marked-up, vetted Google search to a student. I haven’t played around enough to know if it is possible to do that, but I can imagine it being useful.
I can also see using a marked up Google search in an information literacy class to show examples of how to evaluate results.
Edited to add: Thanks to a colleague for suggesting that we find a way to do this with our own catalog or database searches. Why didn’t I think of that??