Friday, December 10, 2004

Google New "Suggestive" Feature

Google Suggest quietly debuted this week on the company's Labs site, which showcases Google features that "aren't quite ready for prime time," according to a message on the site. When a user starts typing a request into the search box, a drop-down menu appears with possible suggestions as to what the user could be looking for. For instance, typing in "Mi" generates a list starting with "Microsoft" and continuing with "miniclip," "Michael Moore" and "miserable failure," among other suggestions.

2 comments:

Zunaira said...

Pardon my ignorance, but if you use Firefox, it does save your searches/keywords. Type something in the toolbar or the Google window, and the suggestive letters start appearing. Not sure if IE has similar feature installed? Of course, Google suggesting words means around 100s of things to choose from, rather than the smart guessing Firefox is up to.

Lucifer's Angel said...

"Firfox" and "Google Suggest" works quite differently.

Firefox stores your search entries in its cache, and later on simply reminds them to you as you type something in its Google search field. There are no "suggestions" made. Just a few reminds of the similar queries you had already made.

"Google Suggest" is actually far more cool. It uses what's called XMLHttpRequest, something I myself have heard about for the first time. Google Suggest actually gives you real "suggestions", terms that Google thinks could bear better results for you ( because the queries are the top ranked on its cache).

Rob Whelan explains how it's done.