Google's newest search tool, unveiled today, starts giving you results the instant you start typing. With Google Instant, the Internet overlords are taking search-engine prediction to a new level.
Sign in with your Google account and go to the main search page, and you'll see it still looks the same. But start typing something — "Popular Science," for instance — and Google brings up a page of instant results, which change as you keep typing. You don't even have to type a full search term to find answers, because Google Suggest completes your thoughts for you.
Refining as you go allows for more effective searching — you can change topics mid-sentence if you don't see what you're looking for.
According to Google's blog, developers realized that people read much faster than they type — they take about 300 milliseconds between keystrokes, but only about 30 milliseconds to glance at another part of the page.
Google Instant capitalizes on this, allowing you to scan a page full of search results even as you type.
There's more coming from Google's press conference today at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. You can get the real-time updates from CNET's insta-blog.
Finally, I can search for porn instantly.
not so great
Who is going to go to the Google site, then log in, just so they can search "instantly"?
Much faster just to type in the search from the Firefox/IE/Whatever search bar.
What do you mean... Everyone uses google as their start page, if you're not a noob you're already signed in all the time. Google just destroyed all their recent competition.
Somehow they estimated that through time saved over all the people using the site, they free up 11 man hours per second by speeding up search.
Safari's Google search window performs identically to the full-blown web page, so yea, it's still faster than the way the search window USED to perform...