Google's humble suggestion

by Giles Turnbull

Despite being pipped to the scoop on this by m'learned colleague Mr Bornstein, allow me to tell you about something new from Google.



Tumbling through the quiet of a Friday afternoon comes yet another clever beta test from the guys at the Googleplex -- Google Suggest



The premise is pretty simple. It looks like a standard Google search box, but when you start typing search terms into it, some Javascript mangling happens in the background, and a list of suggested searches appears that you can navigate with your arrow keys.



Screenshot showing Google making suggestions on my half-typed name
Golly, do they mean me?



The more characters you type, the fewer the suggestions. Of course in some cases it might be quicker to simply type what you're after anyway, but if you're unsure how it's spelt, or are looking for other options, this is an excellent way to search.



So far I've only tested it in Firefox on my Mac, where it worked fine. It's possible that performance may vary, depending on browser choice and connection type.





It doesn't suggest rude words. We tried that already.


2 Comments

loconet
2004-12-12 17:39:32
Firefox Extension
After I played with this new puppy Friday, I decided to hack together a proof of concept extension that adds this functionality into firefox's search tool.


Check it out: http://www.loconet.ca/


It still has some issues but it's not too bad for a one night project and xul beginner I guess :)

loconet
2004-12-12 17:39:48
Firefox Extension
After I played with this new puppy Friday, I decided to hack together a proof of concept extension that adds this functionality into firefox's search tool.


Check it out: http://www.loconet.ca/


It still has some issues but it's not too bad for a one night project and xul beginner I guess :)