Google Suggest Becomes Search Default

Aug 26, 2008 • 9:51 am | comments (6) by twitter | Filed Under Google Search Engine

The Official Google Blog has acknowledged that it will begin rolling out Google Suggest, which will let you formulate queries with more ease, reduce spelling errors, and save keystrokes. An example screenshot is below:

It's about time, but one wonders if this is happening because of Yahoo's success with Search Assist. While Google has had this technology for years, are they playing "catch up"?

In terms of SEO, there are concerns that this will affect long tail searches and those looking to capitalize on misspelled keywords. Only time will tell if this is indeed to be the case.

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Fav Browser

08/26/2008 02:48 pm

If I search, I know what I am looking for. No need all this candy lag stuff

No Name

08/26/2008 03:00 pm

I think that this will be a benefit for older searchers, who are still not used to the keyword system used by google. It won't be a big deal to the Google Generation today though.

Gert Mellak

08/26/2008 04:19 pm

Could anybody please help me to understand why e. g. the expression - web analytics - shows 71,000,000 results in the suggestions, but 68,700,000 in the result's page? Rounding numbers is ok, but shouldn't the number of results be the same on the two pages?

Samreen Soomro

08/26/2008 09:23 pm

Maybe its just me, but I like predictive text tools =)

Jaan Kanellis

08/26/2008 10:55 pm

Gert who knows why they show the numbers in there in the first place. They are always changing anyways from datacenter to datacenter. So what I see as a total may not be what you see as a total. One thing I don’t understand about Google Suggest is why does Google list the # of total results next to the auto complete word? Does this help/hurt/influence the end searchers reason to use Suggest?


08/27/2008 10:53 am

No switched on in the uk yet.. Not looking forward to this as it going to raise the comp on the suggested words grrrr

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