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harple's avatar

What are your opinions on Google Instant?

Asked by harple (10448points) September 8th, 2010

It has only appeared for me at some point in the last 6 hours, but I don’t think I like it much. Is it the way forward? (And is it likely to remain this way forever or will I have a “classic” google option?)

Is there an irony that Google Instant is actually slower than before, now that it is desperately trying to update as I write each word in the search box?

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Seek's avatar

I saw it for a second or two earlier, and it was weird, but I’ll get used to it, and I’m sure it’ll be pretty awesome when it’s done. (I currently still have classic Google. Google says it’ll take a while for the whole Interwebs to see it)

As for the speed, give them a minute to get the thing set up. Sheesh.

DeanV's avatar

I’ve been using keyboardr for a long time now. I don’t think this is that big of a deal.

harple's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr ha ha, thanks… I guess I’m pretty old fashioned “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” (I have also found the button to turn it off – I’ll give it a day or two perhaps first though, in honour of your belief in them)

@dverhey ooh, yes, I see the similarity. Had never seen that before, thank you.

jrpowell's avatar

I love it. This is just google suggest on steroids and that is a few years old. I never use the main page for google. I just use the bar in Firefox. I would love for it to be added to that.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

@johnpowell I just use the address bar in Chrome, which already suggests what I want in real time based on past use. Maybe the next release will somehow combine the two concepts.

jrpowell's avatar

@FireMadeFlesh :: Chrome on a Mac sucks ass. It isn’t worth it for that.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

@johnpowell Macs suck ass. I actually prefer Firefox, but my computer is getting too slow to run it properly, and Chrome is much faster.

Cruiser's avatar

I avoid Google like the plague but my cell phone browser uses it and it saves a lot of mini button punching so there it is a thumbs up!

ftp901's avatar

“I’ve been using keyboardr for a long time now. I don’t think this is that big of a deal.”

That is super annoying to have that flashing while you are typing – I hope that’s not what the google will be like. 0.01 seconds was never too long for me to wait for results anyway. It’s not like I’m sitting there on google everyday going ” are these search results ever going to appear – what’s taking so long – I’ve got better ways to spend a half a second”

DeanV's avatar

@johnpowell Why do you think Chrome on a mac sucks ass? I feel the same way about Firefox…

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

It’s kinda annoying, but mostly I don’t care. It does seem like more of an upgrade than a feature – the way they’re pimping it, it seems like a Big F*cking Deal.
“If everyone uses Google Instant globally, we estimate this will save more than 3.5 billion seconds a day. That’s 11 hours saved every second.” That’s it? Really? We can’t even slow down that much? I’m supposed to cream my pants over this? Get real.

The one thing that does concern me: Does it save all the searches I make? Because if not, then I will be stuck in an endless search circle, especially if I keep searching for something over days, weeks, even years.

@Seek_Kolinahr You can disable it once you get it for real.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Oh, and I just noticed the larger logo. Ew.

harple's avatar

Erm, just checking I explained it properly… It’s not suggesting what words I might be wanting to type (which I like very much), it’s trying to suggest websites and is updating below with each word I write…

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

I can’t get it yet. They must be giving it to North American accounts first.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@FireMadeFlesh Where are you? I got my gmail account within the first 10 days of beta, so I always get to try new stuff first.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

@papayalily I’m in Australia. I’ve had my Google account for about four years.

downtide's avatar

I tried it out today (it wasn;t showing for me yesterday but today it works). I found it strange, but I’m generally not a fan of predictive text. In any case I do my googling from my browser toolbar, not from the main page, so I doubt I will encounter it very often.

lonelydragon's avatar

Not helpful, and it slows down my browser.

downtide's avatar

@lonelydragon are you using Chrome? I’ve heard a lot of complaints about it from Chrome users. Which is ironic, really.

runpoochrun's avatar

Many others have said it but I’ll say it again to reiterate:

Google Instant results should be displayed for the currently typed term AS IT IS, not simply the nearest thing on the drop-down box of suggested terms.

I don’t think a system manifests the best functionality if it attempts to read your mind (“you’ve typed in ‘fa’ – I think you’re searching for ‘facebook’ so I’ll just display instant results for ‘facebook’ even if you have only typed in ‘fa’”) without giving you a choice (“you’ve typed in ‘fa’ – you MIGHT be searching for ‘facebook’ but I’ll simply leave that open as an option by displaying it in Google Suggest, whilst displaying instant results for ‘fa’” [i.e. the term that you’ve actually typed in]).

Most searches on Google are for terms that do not appear on Google Suggest. Thus I don’t think it’s very intuitive that Google Suggest limit the search results that are displayed on Google Instant.

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