Google Instant

September 9th, 2010 by Brian Leave a reply »

Autocomplete is a tricky thing.

In Word, I get frustrated when the computer automatically capitalizes new lines. I know that I can turn this off in the Preferences, but I’m usually working on a project when I sit down to Word and don’t want to take time to search the settings.

I think Google Instant will work better because it doesn’t change your text, it just tries to predict it. As long as the typing is not slowed down, I don’t think users will be annoyed.

When you do a Google search on, it now will pull up results as you type, changing as the search words change – even before you press Enter.

How does it work? My guess is elven magic. But my second guess is that it uses the data for which searches are most popular and uses that probability to suggest the terms and results. On the main page for Google Instant, it mentions that it is only on certain browsers. I wonder if it uses cookies to remember searches or if the browsers were just a requirement for which version of HTML the site uses.

Either way, it will be interesting to see if this speeds up people’s searches, thus making people 2-5 seconds happier, or if it will go the way of The Wave.


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