Google Instant Gives Results As You Type

One of the Internet’s most iconic images — Google’s search screen — is being overhauled.

On Wednesday the company launched Google Instant, a live-updating service that aims to shave seconds off the typical search time. The update began hitting users’ computers about an hour before a scheduled Google press event to unveil the change.

Now, when users search Google, the results are refined in real time as more keywords are added. The search box jumps to the top of the search page and results appear in a constantly changing list. Users can select the right site if it catches their eye before they finish typing.

Google predicts Instant can save 2-5 seconds on a typical search, which now averages 9 seconds. The update will be available on Google’s Chrome 5 and 6, Firefox 3, Safari 5 for Mac and Internet Explorer 8.

“Welcome to Google Instant,” a blue box tells users. “Feelings of weightlessness and euphoria are normal. Do not be alarmed.” This technology is not something really new. This methodology is already used by another search engine called Blowfish wherein results are displayed in real time as you type along.

Still, it is good news that Google finally incorporated this. I thought they would never make this move and implement it.

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