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Wed Sept 8 2010 14:29:46

Google's Big News - Faster Search

By: Ina Steiner

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Google launched Instant search at a big media event today. The feature provides updated search results as you type a query into the Google search engine - you don't have to click enter or the search button.

Google Instant is search-before-you-type - it takes what you have typed already, predicts the most likely completion and streams results in real-time for those predictions. 

Google Instant is not available on Google Shopping (I tried it out here), but imagine this technology applied to shopping results - it could be very compelling, especially on marketplaces.

Google, which serves a billion searches a day, said testing shows Google Instant saves the average searcher two to five seconds per search. Learn more about Google Instant here.

UPDATE: Advertisers are concerned about the effect Google Instant may have on search engine optimization. SEO firm Greenlight says "longtail" (long multi-word keyword variants), which are less expensive than shorter terms, may see a drop in traffic as a result of streaming search because users may now find something to click on before completely typing their originally intended search term. The company gives an example: "scary books suitable for children" - the user may stop typing after "scary book" when they see the real time results. That would mean webmasters could see a drop in traffic and could have ramifications for advertisers as well - good to keep an eye on if you are optimizing your site for Google.




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by: Patricia This user has validated their user name.

Wed Sep 8 14:41:54 2010

Delightful - I ran into it just this morning and I really like it :-)

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by: Luxferro This user has validated their user name.

Wed Sep 8 16:36:37 2010

As a seller, this isn't so delightful. It shuffles the deck again on SEO, and now we have to figure out how the algorithm works to show up early in the typing sequence.

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by: Digby
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Wed Sep 8 18:53:11 2010

Just another step on the way to Google being more shopping related.

They have that blue button with a Google ranking.

And they seem to give priority to shopping sites.

They may end up losing their reputation for generic search.

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by: Troglodyte

Wed Sep 8 20:22:08 2010

The law of diminishing returns ultimately plays a role in e commerce.

We all understand that the one constant in e commerce and in life is change. When that change comes at a rapid fire pace, small and medium internet sellers may find that unrelenting adaptation requires a disproportional amount time and effort that produces no additional profits and may, in fact, decrease profitability.

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by: Joey

Wed Sep 8 20:30:43 2010

Can anyone explain to me why this is a useful feature? I tried it and got dizzy with the screen constantly changing. Reminded me of a flickering strobe light. I just don't get it.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Nan
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Wed Sep 8 21:57:00 2010

It will be useful for sellers looking for keywords. Type in your product, and it gives you the most widely searched options. Using the example in Inas screencap: People who are searching for jadeite are most commonly looking for dishes and charms rather than fire king.

Interestingly, when I did the same search just now, I did not receive an option for charms. It went from dishes to fire king, then shard, then cake stand. I wonder what skewed it between then and now?

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by: Bernie

Wed Sep 8 22:18:57 2010

@Nan

Possibly because you are logged into your Google account.. then Google search follows your previous search pattern.

Try the search again after you log out from Google..

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This user has validated their user name. by: Nan
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Wed Sep 8 22:50:20 2010

@Bernie
Yep. I logged out, and it went back to: dishes, charm, fire king, glass.

So to use it for discovering keywords, it would be best to be logged out of google.

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by: whatever.

Wed Sep 8 23:03:43 2010

I HATE IT!

It claims to ''spell check'' my search query and the ''correct'' to what it thinks I meant.

Then it searches for what it thinks I meant. After it gives me the results it thinks I want, THEN it says something like: original search: xxxxxxx......search for that.

It used to say: showing results for ''xxxxx'' DID YOU MEAN xxxxxxx? and then give you the option to do the modified search. That makes sense: if I truly did type something wrong. But no, it changes my search, does that search, gives me those results, and then graciously offers me the option to actually do MY search.

I can handle the stupid ''sidebar'' guess let me f***** search using my own search terms.

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by: Joyful

Thu Sep 9 02:26:14 2010

Ick! This is something I'll be turning off. When I type in "B," I am not searching for "Best Buy," and I'm usually not searching for any other store name starting with a B either.

I expected it to be like the search box in the corner of Firefox, which also makes suggestions as I type but is actually helpful.

Instant search also provokes cynicism: How much did Best Buy pay to rank ahead of Bing? How much did Bing pay to rank ahead of Bank of America? and on down the list.

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by: JanH

Wed Sep 15 10:33:18 2010

I HATE it. Fortunately there's a button to turn it off. It's not like search engines are confusing enough - suggesting things not even within the realm of possibility of what I'm looking for is really irritating.



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