Google Instant searches as you type

Lex Friedman
9 September, 2010
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Google today introduced a major overhaul to its familiar homepage. Now, in addition to offering search suggestions as you type, you’ll actually see search results generated with each keystroke, too.

According to Google, Google Instant takes advantage of the fact that we internet searchers can read about ten times faster than we can type. By saving two to five seconds per search, Google says, the company could theoretically end up saving “more than 3.5 billion seconds a day. That’s 11 hours saved every second.”

In early testing, I’d barely finished typing “Lex F” before a pageful of ego-boosting results appeared on my screen. Whether Google Instant offers enough to get me to stop using my browser’s built-in search bar, only time will tell. And thanks to Google Instant, I may suddenly have a lot more of said time.

Google is rolling out the feature over time, warning that it may be “a couple of days” before the feature is available to every Google.com visitor.

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  1. threnchpot says:

    Just a headsup to Aussies, you can access Google Instant by using a Firefox extension called Google Global. Info up at http://damionbrown.com/2010/09/how-to-enable-google-instant-australia/

    It’s fun, it’s clever… it’s a bit of a time sink though!

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