It is your mind that search engines are reading now. On Thursday, Google announced the India launch of its instant search that guesses what you query.
Google Instant works faster than one's typing speed. Just tap the keys "manm" - you get a list of pages on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
For that matter "ob" will get you all about US President Barack Obama.
|How it works|
It works faster than one's typing speed. Tap the keys " manm" - and you get a list of pages on PM Manmohan Singh.
While a search takes about 30 seconds, Google Instant saves you two to five seconds. Before the typing is finished or the user presses the " search" key, the content starts flowing in.
Source of the idea
People type slowly but read quickly, taking 300 milliseconds between keystrokes, but only 30 milliseconds to glance at another part of the page.
A spokesperson explains, "People type slowly but read quickly, typically taking 300 milliseconds between keystrokes, but only 30 milliseconds (a tenth of the time!) to glance at another part of the page." This means that you have the time to scan some results while you type.
While a typical searcher takes more than nine seconds (maybe 30 seconds), Google Instant saves between two to five seconds.
Before the typing is finished or the user presses the "search" button or the "enter" key, content starts coming in. So, the user can tweak the query by formulating a better search term.
In typical Google hyperbole, the spokesperson notes, "In time, we may wonder how search ever worked in any other way." " The concept is not really new," comments Anivar Aravind, a Bangalore- based IT commentator.
"Though Google tested it earlier, nobody did it so far as it requires processing for every letter you type. That means huge levels of fast computing - something that Google can do with their server farm." Since it was introduced for the first time a few weeks ago in the US and parts of Europe, the spread of Google Instant has been viral. Stanford University computer science student Feross Aboukhadijeh, 19, developed YouTube Instant. It is a place where you type 'w' and get Shakira's FIFA song " Waka Waka". In a few days Aboukhadijeh got a tweet from YouTube cofounder and chief executive officer ( CEO) Chad Hurley: "…Want a job? ;)" After meeting Hurley, Aboukhadijeh says he will take the job and still continue to study.
"We are actively working on the launch of an instant search feature for the mobile platform, keeping in view the growth of mobile telephony in India, which will make searches easy and fast for the mobile users," Ben Gomes, distinguished engineer, Google Inc, said.
However, he refused to give any timeline for the launch of the service.
"The new search feature will make searches easier, faster and hassle- free for the Indian mobile user which is ' painfully slow' and limited at present," Gomes said.
Courtesy: Mail Today