Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Google Suggest finally goes live!

Google Suggest finally goes live!

27 Aug, 2008, 0937 hrs IST,INDIATIMES NEWS NETWORK

NEW DELHI: Another search feature is set to move out of Google Lab and go mainstream. The feature, called Google Suggest automatically recommends options for the rest of your search term as you type based on the most popular searches, will go live next week.

According to Jennifer Liu, Product Manager with Google, "Over the next week we'll be rolling this out so that more and more of you will start seeing a list of query suggestions when you start typing into the search box."

According to the blog, Google Suggest will help users in the following ways:

Help formulate queries: Instead of just typing [hotels in Washington] -- did you want [hotels in Washington dc] or [hotels in Washington state]? Don't remember that song title or person's name? Let Google help you search (and yes, I ended up choosing "From This Moment" as our wedding song).

Reduce spelling errors: Since suggestions are spell-corrected using the same "Did you mean?" feature that offers alternative spellings for your query after you search, misspellings and typos can be corrected ahead of time. Instead of wasting your time with a misspelled query like [new yrok times] or [tomorow never dies], search the first time with the correctly-spelled query.

Saves keystrokes: Who wants to spend their time typing [San Francisco chronicle] when you can just type in San F..." and choose the suggestion right away?

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