Google’s Autocompleter has been in the Google Labs beta for a long time but apparently they released it recently to the world.
I am not really autosuggestion but I’ll get used to it. I’ll live with it as long as it does not make my google page any slower. I’ve noticed it already present in the default firefox home page, google firefox branded.
I was bored and I thought it’d be nice to have some fun with the new auto-completer, so I came up with five keyword searches to try out. I list the word and then the number of key presses needed to get me to the actual search listed in the first position and the letter if found it on it.
- ryan rampersad – 13 (did not even give my name as a choice!)
- cakephp – 5 p
- cheap but not easy – 12 (it listed the word blog at the end, but that’s correct anyway) o
- birthday of bill gates – 14 i
- first computer invented 13 i
The autosuggestion feature will more than likely improve over time as their algorithm for it improves or the world actually starts working and stops searching for gardening tips and celebrities. I thought of something while getting ready to write this too. What about spelling mistake auto-suggestions? Clever thought?
At this time, iGoogle does not have the feature yet.