Mind-reading web searching from Google Instant

9 September 2010

google_instant_867268gm-a Another day brings YET ANOTHER new idea from Google, and to be honest we’re getting a bit pissed off with it all now.

While still getting to grips with the whole Meh-ness of Google TV from yesterday (or the day before – we’ve been battered into submission by the constant innovation) we’ve not got Google Instant to contend with.

If you haven’t seen or tried it yet, it’s Google searching but not as we know it. The trick is that it anticipates what you’re typing into the search box and starts giving you results before you’ve finished.

Google’s boffins reckon that the typical user spends nine seconds entering a search query and 15 seconds looking for answers. The useless, one-finger-typing bastard. They also reckon that Google Instant could shave between two and five seconds off a typical web search.

We’re not sure if it’s something that the world even needs though. We’ve had a few goes on it and it made us feel dizzy, with the vague possibility of an epileptic fit kicking in. Have a bash at it and tell us your thoughts…

TOPICS:   Technology


  • PokeHerPete
    The scenario: Someone looking up Pennsylvania, but does not know how it is spelt. P...E...N...I...S.... Im 12 and what is this?
  • The B.
    So basically they've added Ajax to the front end, welcome to 2005.
  • Gadget 4.
    I would be worried about a person who gets to twelve without knowing what a penis is.
  • ryman1000
    ^ if you type words like porn it still makes you press enter.
  • zacspeed
    what happens if you start typing jarsquatter?
  • Jonny S.
    What about by the time you've typed cock in Cockermouth
  • Nobby
    > What about by the time you’ve typed cock in Cockermouth You first get cocktails, then cocker spaniels, then Cockermouth. I think it's quite good.
  • PokeHerPete
    ^ What if someone made a typo and typed "cock in mouth"?
  • Late
    "While still getting to grips with the whole Meh-ness of Google TV from yesterday ... we’ve not got Google Instant to contend with." I wouldn't worry about it, then.
  • Maude
    @PokeHerPete - you get this: http://scienceblogs.com/isisthescientist/upload/2009/03/i_get_email_too_pz/cock%20in%20mouth.jpg
  • Simon
    The instant search doesn't search instantly for naughty words. You can type them and it won't autofill and it won't display results. Type in the full naughty word you require information or light-reading for and then search as before and all the world's naughty stuff is displayed just as you'd like.
  • Sky M.
    That's gonna save me at least... 10 seconds a day.
  • Google’s t.
    [...] ambition to build a search engine that reads its users’ minds”. Other blogs and reports headlined the mind-reading capabilities as well, and Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president for [...]
  • Don’t w.
    [...] saves you the trouble of deciding what you wanted to search for in the first place, with its new “mind-reading” algorithm. I tried testing this with a few choice phrases and here are the [...]

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