Cloud Computing: Google Instant Previews Homes In on Users' Search Targets
As fast as Google, Microsoft Bing and Yahoo search engines are, they are still predicated on the traditional model that users type in queries and get a bunch of links. Hopefully one or more of those actually fulfill users' requests for information. Google Instant Previews guesses users' queries as they begin to type them, helping users search much faster than before. Google Instant Previews marks the search giant's next evolution of rapid-fire search, offering users visual snapshots of search results. This gives users a better idea of what lies behind the query, helping them filter out the noise from results of value. Instant Previews comes as Google battles newcomers, such as Blekko, as well as question-and-answer sites, such as Quora, Hunch and Facebook Questions, in an increasingly crowded market for digital information search. Google Instant Previews is rolling out gradually in 40 languages, but while you're waiting, eWEEK offers this tour of them here.