Google can now show six top stories in a uniform gird format in the top of the desktop Google Search results. We normally see four top stories but if we see more, it is not normally in a uniform grid format.
I am not sure if this is new but Shalom Goodman thinks it is and posted about it on Twitter and I can replicate it, so it seems to be live for some queries. Here is my screenshot:
Here is Shalom’s tweet:
Seeing this news box on Google with 6 slots with no separation.
I’ve previously found in 2022 how Google groups in topics, but this format looks brand spanking new, not giving anyone a leg up with the enlarged top-right SERP@glenngabe seen this before? pic.twitter.com/dX97gjNPUy
— Shalom Goodman (@ShalomGood) August 16, 2023
We’ve covered top stories layout changes numerous times here.
Is this 6 pack grid format new?
Forum discussion at Twitter.
Update: It is not new, like my gut was telling me, it is something I covered already over here.