Google is expanding the latest and greatest addition to its search engine, the Knowledge Graph, particularly the Carousel feature. The feature debuted for the English version of the site, at Google.com, but is now becoming available for local domains as well, granted, still in English.
The reason why no other languages are offered is simple, this is not just a problem of translation, the algorithm has to be adjusted for each language and, even more importantly, Google must gather new data and objects for each new language added.
"When looking for [cedar point rides], you see a carousel of popular roller coasters at the amusement park, drawing on our Knowledge Graph and the collective intelligence of the Web. The feature was initially available in English on google.com, and we’re now taking our first steps to make it available more widely around the world," Google's Kavi Goel wrote
"Over the next couple days, we’ll begin showing the carousel for factual lists to our English users on all Google domains across the world," Google added.
It's a gradual roll-out, only the carousel will be enabled first, but more features should be added in time. It is going to take more time to make the Knowledge Graph work for every language Google is available in, but that's understandable.
It may not look it, but the Knowledge Graph really is a big change in how Google works and how it understands the web. For the first time, the Google search engine "knows" of concepts, not just pages and keywords. The carousel feature is an easy one to expand since lists are probably the easiest structure data you can gather.
"This works for a variety of locally interesting lists like [aamir khan movies], [cast of the it crowd] or [mountains of the alps] or more general queries like [saturn’s moons] or [dog breeds]. The carousel makes it easy to explore the items in the list," Google explained.