Instant Analysis of Google Instant

Your Instant Analysis of Google Instant
What's the consensus on Google's new results-as-you-type Google Instant interface? I'm not sure if there is one. When I asked my pals on Twitter (where I'm @harrymccracken) for their initial take, I got lots of feedback-but it included raves, rants, and acknowledgements that it'll take time to form a solid opinion.

@Joshuakarthik

I think it's very impressive. They're right. Once you've gone 'Instant', you'll wonder how you ever searched any other way.

@GadgetGav

It saves one mouse click over existing suggestion method. Pointless.

@anis_salvesen

Google Instant reminds me of kid game where someone steps exactly in your footsteps as you walk. Jury's still out here.

@drachenstern

spiffy trick, seems like they'll be able to improve the concept, almost obvious in hindsight (web2.0), clones in 3 ... 2 ...

@craigi

Google Instant is impressive. In my mind, it's their first real search innovation since relevant search results.

@ashleymayer

Sexy visually, but I can't decide whether the live search results will be distracting or useful in practice.

@BenjaminZAMayo

It's distracting for now, but I can see how it will be useful once I get my head around it a bit.

@NotASwoo

It definitely has some glitches, but as somebody who changes and tinkers with Google searches often, it's a nice addition.

@larryv

Nifty, but not useful for me. I search via Safari search field or LaunchBar 99% of the time.

@reneritchie

Google has more engineers and ideas than they have consolidated strategic vision.

@gwachob

My initial reaction: digital version of motion sickness.

@Adam_Mahle

not quite sure if i like it yet... it's neat... but almost distracting.

@mollienothnagel

I like the idea of 'course correcting' keyword strings while typing to get the results I want.

@TrevR

re: Google Instant--while cool technically speaking, find it a bit annoying and distracting from a user point of view

@theMCooper

It's like Autocomplete Me after a run in with BALCO!

@CatDow

Google Instant...novel but point? I use Chrome, never go near the homepage these days.

@refinery_hq

Super, if you use google.com, which I don't (I use Chrome address bar).

@pwrome

Google instant is so instant I keep thinking when I hit 'Backspace' my browser is sending me back to my last search query!

@secretsushi

I think 'instant' is pretty incredible. Its not just about the page reloading.

@patrozoo

I think it's amazing. Google has proved that they still are the no.1 search company. It's fast and slick, love it!

@Cosmosis

It may shift how I traditionally search: moving me from my Firefox search bar, back to the Google homepage proper.

@MAlexJohnson

Pretty splashy way to harvest tons of real-world language data if #Google plans to do a speech interface.

@rob_schmitt

It's mind-numbingly fast. And useful. And a little disconcerting, but I'm sure that'll pass.

@tech_2010

I love Google Instant, it eliminates my need to hit Enter on the keyboard to complete a search & also eliminated the need for the back button on my browser while searching

@JoshNursing

It's superb and an engineering feat. I can't wait to have it on images, videos and have Twitter results integrated.

@Sparky1999

I was pleasantly surprised to see it active here in Qatar. Really fast, but I rarely use G from its homepage.

@Baerwb

I like it. But it still thinks I'm in Johnson City when I'm not while Bing knows I'm in Kingsport...

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