Have you tried the new Google “Instant Search”?

Google launched Instant Search yesterday, a new feature that begins displaying search results as you begin typing a search term, using algorithms to guess what word is likely being typed.

What’s the big deal? Google Instant saves the average searcher two to five seconds per search.

I tried it and I think it still needs some work, like when you are done typing have the drop down box disappear so you can see your results first before resuming typing. But overall, Google Instant is very entertaining.

On their personal blog, Google search God, Matt Cutts explains why these UI changes help make Google search faster.

“If we want to get people answers and solve their problems faster, we can help with that by improving our UI to help you formulate queries more quickly (and then doing a bunch of hard work under the hood to answer that query too). Google typically returns search results in milliseconds, but it takes several seconds for you to type a query. In other words, the limiting factor on a typical search is you. With predictive search and instant results, you can often get the answer you want much faster.”

Google will initially roll out Instant Search in the U.S. this week, expanding to the rest of the world later this year.

Wired.com notes that the new feature, based on JavaScript, will add some load time to Google’s search pages, where the company has in the past placed a premium on speed and cleanliness of design.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

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