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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: September 9, 2010 @ 8:58 am

    Google Instant goes live

    Ciara O'Brien

    In case you missed it, Google has put the foot down on its search engine and ramped up the speed. Google Instant shows results as you type, predicting what you want to search for and displaying the results instantly.

    Forget having to taking those extra few seconds to press “search”, or even “I’m feeling lucky”. Just type.

    From Google:

    “Our key technical insight was that people type slowly, but read quickly, typically taking 300 milliseconds between keystrokes, but only 30 milliseconds (a tenth of the time!) to glance at another part of the page. This means that you can scan a results page while you type.”

    According to Google, its new way of searching saves you about 2-5 seconds per search. It doesn’t sound like a lot to start with. But if everyone who uses Google around the world used Instant Search, it would add up to 3.5 billion seconds a day – or about 11 hours saved for every second.

    More figures from Google:

    • The typical searcher took more than 9 seconds to enter a search term.
    • Some searches took 30-90 seconds to type.
    • 15 new technologies contribute to Google Instant functionality.

    You’ll have to go to Google.com to see it though; Google.ie has yet to be enabled for the new search function. Domains in the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Russia are up and running if you use the following browsers: Chrome v5/6, Firefox v3, Safari v5 for Mac and Internet Explorer v8.

    If you don’t want to save five seconds, you can always turn off Instant Search through a link beside the search box.

    • Its very good. New presents from google this month, first priority inbox and now instant search. i like it very much saves my time

    • harry says:

      Is it the same as predictive search that you got with google chrome? Otherwise I can’t see what google instant is all about?

    • patrick hegarty says:

      Dear GOOGLE…I’d like to have a system for filtering out bad sites that offer nothing on the end of a spoon a mile long like the time i went searching for landline phone numbers and after ages got nothing and grave searches and genealogy sites some money for a Filter for these nonsnse sites i’g gladly pay.

    • Chris P. says:

      Till now Google Instant is the best thing happened to my homepage. Now i can also see the screenshots of webpages right on results page whether they contain my required info or not. Great work google.