All entries for Thursday 09 September 2010
September 09, 2010
Google has been delivering predictive suggestions as searchers type for some time to the users of the Google Toolbar. Today they have announced this as Google Instant as this is now available from the Google Home page. This feature was first seen on Yahoo a couple of years ago.
So now the only users who cannot see these search term suggestions are those using Google’s own browser, Chrome. The FAQs has compatibility support for Chrome 5 and 6. I upgraded from 5 to 6 this morning to find that the results are still just not the same, see below. Yes, Google Instant is available on Chrome from the Google home page but the search toolbars have taught us that you do not need to use the back button repeatedly or use a bookmark to make another search. Chrome saves the space of a toolbar by using the address bar for search entry too. The results on Chrome, below, show that the results offered are a compromise based in this dual use. Yet after the first space is typed the algorithm must know this can only be treated as a search term.