All About Google Instant – Summary

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Google launched ‘Google Instant’ last week with a much hyped press conference with live streaming video of the event on YouTube. Since then the social media buzz and the blogosphere have been invaded with tweets and posts about Google Instant.
Google claims that Google Instant makes the search experience more fast, fluid and fun.

The main components of Google Instant are :

  • Predictions
  • Instant Results
  • Scroll To Search

Google suggests or predicts what the user might be searching depending on each character the user types in the search query box. The user can select what he is searching for by using the arrow keys and as the user makes the selection the search results keep on changing accordingly. The user does not need to hit the ‘Enter ‘ key.

What is important to note is the speed with which it all takes place. Its fast and really fast. Google Instant can save 2-5 seconds per search. Google claimed at the launch event that in just an hour that Google Instant has been up it has already saved 36,542 hours of our time. Well if time is money then it surely has added that much productivity potential also to every industry as search is a vital aspect for research and knowledge for each and every industry and this shall surely reduce a lot of disguised employment.

Marissa Mayer of Google who presented this concept stated that Google Instant isn’t search as you type, it’s search before you type. She even mentioned in an interview that Google Instant is to search what power steering is to a car and it surely helps people with slow typing speeds.

Google Instant has started rolling out to users on Google domains in the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Russia who use the following browsers: Chrome v5/6, Firefox v3, Safari v5 for Mac and Internet Explorer v8. Please note, users on domains other than can only access Google Instant if they are signed in to a Google Account. Google will continue to add new domains and languages over the next several months. Google Instant is not yet available on mobile, but Google plans to release it soon.

Google Instant is being referred as search at the speed of thought. But what has to be considered is the impact of this on the users, the search experience as a whole and the future trends in t he search and SEO industry as a result of this speed incorporated in the display of search suggestions and search results .

No doubt search is faster but due to the fact that the users are just using the arrow keys to select the predictions made the user starts focusing on the first few results and the inclination of scrolling down may decrease over a period of time as user starts searching for more queries rather than more searches per query. In a way it has a direct effect on the patience levels of the user.

Moreover, if the user is focusing on the first few results then Google needs to list more relevant results instead of results from Wikipedia or other verticals as when people search they want to know about companies offering the product or service they are searching for – locally or globally.

This should force Google to display quality results but, if this initial display slot gets occupied by PPC and especially the companies with high search marketing budgets then it shall affect the benefit derived by the SMEs due to organic search. As I mentioned that over a period of time the tendency to search for more by scrolling down the page and searching other pages may diminish.

But on the other hand considering the technological advancements in hardware also, it seems that this problem maybe soon be solved. As in the near future there is expected to be a huge shift to the mobile devices and if more and more people start using smart phones, IPads and other mobile devices for searching and surfing then the touch screen devices shall make the scrolling and searching for more easier and faster.

As regards the SEO industry Google instant has not affected the rankings. The basics of the search are the same. So for whatever terms your site has been ranking it continues to rank for them on those SERPs.

So the SEO scene is very much unaffected but Google Instant might just cause a temporary disturbance for the SEOs when all the clients start demanding to be in the first 3 positions. But, Understanding the changes in the search behavior, due to the introduction of Google Instant will need actual data that can be collected over a period of time. Hence we have to wait and watch to find out the actual impact.

Bharati Ahuja
+Bharati Ahuja is founder WebPro Technologies India, SEO Trainer and Speaker, Web Entrepreneur, Blog Writer, Internet Marketing Consultant. Follow her on twitter @webprotech
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  • asset protection

    the big problem with google instant is that it recommends things that i don't want. i find the experience dizzying, and i hope that google reconsiders this feature. perhaps they should give people a choice. i have stopped using it altogether.

  • Andy Kuiper – SEO Vancouver

    I concur – it's distracting.

  • modified cars

    i have totally turned off Instant. Not much comfortable with Instant search results but it much faster and more accurate.

  • Kaushik

    I find Google suggestion distracting. Google Instant drives me up the wall.

  • Web Blurbs

    Google Instant really saves a lot of time in searching for certain keywords. But what I have noticed is that they omitted the other search box placed below the page.

  • WebPro Technologies

    Thanks to all of you for posting your opinion. As these comments across the blogosphere about Google Instant shall surely be the actual data collected over a period of time and shall give an insight about the acceptability of 'Google Instant' to Google.

  • Lorenzo Reffo

    “if the user is focusing on the first few results then Google needs to list more relevant results instead of results from Wikipedia or other verticals” – I think this will be a point on which Google team will need to focus in the next few months.

  • Dhanesh mane

    I like the old google. this new things looks confusing…

  • Wasim

    I think Google Instant is clever way of displaying search results, but it will take some time to get use to it.

  • SEO Essex

    Great article. You made some interesting points there, I must admit. However, I am curious to see how it will affect, and if it will affect search engine optimisation. As SEO experts, we can only wait and see what happens. At the end of the day, all we can do is continue carrying out ethical SEO techniques and strategies.

    • WebPro Technologies

      Thanks. Yes as SEOs we have to carry out the ethical SEO techniques and strategies and keep upgrading an updating our knowledge regarding all the online presence options available on the search engines and on the web as a whole so that we can ensure a holistic web presence for our client websites.

  • Software Testing

    The new method working fine? I think old one is good.

  • malik bilal

    yes it has really made search very easily

  • dhanesh mane

    Old one is really good. Do n e one know how to disable instant for your browser. I don’t like this feature at all and want to disable it from my browser. let me know if its possible.