You guys might have noticed this recently that : In search results page, if you keep changing keyword, below results are automatically refreshed on each key press. This new feature is called Google Instant.
A week back I have noticed something in google results page which I felt like a tag line of a car ad “Get Ready To Get Surprised”.
Old methodology: A firefox addon
In the past you might have come across a addon for Firefox called coolPreviews which basically show you the search icon on the each search results, on mouseover of it will get the preview of that site. This addon is compatible with firefox3 and above versions, other browsers don’t have this option. I tried this earlier, and lost interest in it cause of its slowness, and memory eating.
Google Instant Preview
Go to google dot com and search for any keyword. [Try it in modern and fast browsers like Firefox or Google Chrome or Opera or Internet explorer >= 8th version].
On the right end of each result’s title there is a search icon present. Just click on it once. You are done! Keep moving to the below or above results by mouse overing on them. You can see the preview of that site without actually going on to the site. And response is amazingly super fast!!!.
- Huge Time Saving, really I mean it.
- When searching for product review or description – You can decide which site has more images? which site has good video demo of it, or which site has more pictures on it to get a good feel about the product.
- You can avoid some sites which they only contains link to some other third site – this you will experience when you trying for some free MP3 files or ebooks.
In my point of view, from a web-development perspective, this is major mile stone achieved by google, Also which makes our clients to ask for “Give me the search results similar to google instant” 🙂
This is going to set bench mark for people in web to develop applications or sites to provide this kind experience. Its a major lesson for Microsoft! yeah, they will think again – “was it necessary for them to come to market with a product like Bing”?
When Bing released lot of articles on internet, news papers and even news channels yelled something like “Bing will take over Google” I can say then now “Kiss my ***”
This kind of user experience makes web a greater place to be. People will update there browsers to modern browsers like firefox or chrome or opera to get this kind of experience.