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The ABC's of Google Instant
Sunday, October 24, 2010
So now that Google Instant has been out for a few weeks, what are your thoughts?   I still find it annoying and opt out of using it personally.  Professionally I check it out to see if Instant is displaying more relevant results.  I am still not sure that Google Instant results are more relevant than "normal" Google results.  Yet as Google always does with any of their releases they tested out Google Instant prior to launching.  I'm not sure that I would consider those tests all that successful.  See for yourself as we go through the ABC's of Google Instant.

ABC's of Google Instant

A is for Amazon
B is for Bank of America
C is for Craigslist
D is for Dictionary
E is for eBay
F is for Facebook
G is for Gmail
H is for Hotmail
I is for Ikea
J is for JC Penney
K is for Kohls
L is for Lowes
M is for Mapquest
N is for Netflix
O is for Orbitz
P is for Pandora
Q is for Quotes
R is for Realtor
S is for Skype
T is for Target
U is for USPS
V is for Verizon
W is for Weather
X is for Xbox
Y is for Yahoo
Z is for Zappos

So as you can see Google Psychic now known as Google Instant is trying to predict what I am looking for as I type a search query.  The above items appear for me as I type each letter of the alphabet in a Google search bar while using Google Instant.  In terms of relevancy, about 23% of these results are remotely relevant to my interests.  Even if I were searching for brands, a number of these are not applicable to me at all.  Sorry Google, but while your "psychic" search seems cool in theory, in reality it is just annoying.

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posted by Jody @ Sunday, October 24, 2010  
  • At 11:08 AM, Blogger Rob said…

    personally and professionally i don't see a use. First, as far as I know you need a google account to see it (at least in Canada) and second it doesn't change the way I search. I know what I want and I'm not looking at the other suggestions google provides as I type. that would be akin to browsing through the yellow pages on an afternoon cause I have nothing better to do - it just won't happen.

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