Google Instant is much more than just the old school regular google search bar you’re used to and familiar with. It is a major improvement to the way you search on Google, providing you with an immediate, as-you-type search result that aims to… give you a speedy experience by pulling up your search query within two to five minutes. Watch the video for Google Instant in action.
Google’s campaign for what’s so great about Google Instant includes faster searches by predicting your search and showing results before you even finish typing, smarter predictions by knowing exactly what you’re looking for to help guide your search, instant results by giving you options appearing right before your eyes. Until now, you had to type a full search term, hit enter and hope for the right results to be on the first search page. The instant autosuggestion and search filtering may not seem like it would offer that much in time-saving searches, but consider this: if you simply type ‘w’, your instant result will show you the weather in your location, such as in the picture above. Quick, easy, and time saving. To accept Google’s autocomplete suggestions while you’re typing, just hit Tab and keep narrowing down your query based on the live results, if you’re searching out more than one word, such as a phrase or a multi word search. It’s all pretty simple, really. Google Instant is available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer 8 and it requires you to be signed into your google account to use it. Google is claiming that if people use Google Instant globally, they estimate this will save more than 3.5 billion seconds a day. That’s 11 hours saved every second. It’s still being rolled out, so be patient if you don’t see any changes in your google searches yet. If you already have it available to you, let me know what you think. Personally, I think it works great.