Google Instant Search Displays Full, Real-Time Results As You Type
Google’s newest search tool, unveiled today, starts giving you results the instant you start typing. With Google Instant, the Internet...
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.