Your Instant Analysis of Google Instant

By  |  Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 9:09 pm

What’s the consensus on Google’s new results-as-you-type Google Instant interface? I’m not sure if there is one. When I asked my pals on Twitter (where I’m @harrymccracken) for their initial take, I got lots of feedback–but it included raves, rants, and acknowledgements that it’ll take time to form a solid opinion.

After the jump, what folks had to say.

@Joshuakarthik

I think it's very impressive. They're right. Once you've gone 'Instant', you'll wonder how you ever searched any other way.

 

@GadgetGav

It saves one mouse click over existing suggestion method. Pointless.

 

@anis_salvesen

Google Instant reminds me of kid game where someone steps exactly in your footsteps as you walk. Jury's still out here.

 

@drachenstern

spiffy trick, seems like they'll be able to improve the concept, almost obvious in hindsight (web2.0), clones in 3 ... 2 ...

 

@craigi

Google Instant is impressive. In my mind, it's their first real search innovation since relevant search results.

 

@ashleymayer

Sexy visually, but I can't decide whether the live search results will be distracting or useful in practice.

 

@BenjaminZAMayo

It's distracting for now, but I can see how it will be useful once I get my head around it a bit.

 

@NotASwoo

It definitely has some glitches, but as somebody who changes and tinkers with Google searches often, it's a nice addition.

 

@larryv

Nifty, but not useful for me. I search via Safari search field or LaunchBar 99% of the time.

 

@reneritchie

Google has more engineers and ideas than they have consolidated strategic vision.

 

@gwachob

My initial reaction: digital version of motion sickness.

 

@Adam_Mahle

not quite sure if i like it yet... it's neat... but almost distracting.

 

@mollienothnagel

I like the idea of 'course correcting' keyword strings while typing to get the results I want.

 

@TrevR

re: Google Instant--while cool technically speaking, find it a bit annoying and distracting from a user point of view

 

@theMCooper

It's like Autocomplete Me after a run in with BALCO!

 

@CatDow

Google Instant...novel but point? I use Chrome, never go near the homepage these days.

 

@refinery_hq

Super, if you use google.com, which I don't (I use Chrome address bar).

 

@pwrome

Google instant is so instant I keep thinking when I hit 'Backspace' my browser is sending me back to my last search query!

 

@secretsushi

I think 'instant' is pretty incredible. Its not just about the page reloading.

 

@patrozoo

I think it's amazing. Google has proved that they still are the no.1 search company. It's fast and slick, love it!

 

@Cosmosis

It may shift how I traditionally search: moving me from my Firefox search bar, back to the Google homepage proper.

 

@MAlexJohnson

Pretty splashy way to harvest tons of real-world language data if #Google plans to do a speech interface.

 

@rob_schmitt

It's mind-numbingly fast. And useful. And a little disconcerting, but I'm sure that'll pass.

 

@tech_2010

I love Google Instant, it eliminates my need to hit Enter on the keyboard to complete a search & also eliminated the need for the back button on my browser while searching

 

@JoshNursing

It's superb and an engineering feat. I can't wait to have it on images, videos and have Twitter results integrated.

 

@Sparky1999

I was pleasantly surprised to see it active here in Qatar. Really fast, but I rarely use G from its homepage.

 

@Baerwb

I like it. But it still thinks I'm in Johnson City when I'm not while Bing knows I'm in Kingsport...

 
 
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  1. Mike Cerm Says:

    Any modifications to Google homepage are meaningless for a power-user. I can't even remember the last time saw it, because I always search using Firefox/Chrome's search capabilities, and 99% of time I'm just using "I'm Feeling Lucky" from the address bar. For the majority of people who do waste time by going through the homepage (and don't know how to craft good searches), it probably would be a useful feature. Unfortunately, such people are unlikely to change their behavior enough to actually benefit from it.

  2. Ed Oswald Says:

    Absolutely hate it. Fast typers will get a seizure from how many dang times the page changes. Very distracting!