As for your criticisms of it, with respect, they seem absolutely typical of someone who is afraid of change. It's true that SEO may change as a result of the continuous stream of new technology implemented by Google. I for one will embrace the changes that it brings. I always look forward to staying ahead of the game as the game changes. I don't think therefore, (this might change SEO) is a valid criticism.
Google already suggests popular terms so the only reason people may end up searching for the popular terms more is because they ARE what they were actually looking for and with the Instant Google feature enabled the searcher can see this before they finish typing.
All that said, Google Instant is in it's infancy and problems are bound to occur here and there. If Google has some kind of "evil" motive behind this new feature, it's certainly yet to reveal itself.
Google instant is great for people who can't type very good, but for me looking for things on google it just drives me insane. I spent a lot of time trying to target keywords people would think about, but now with google instant people will type something and they will get a list of other options which will take away from some of my potential traffic.
It's pretty cool...When we look at the future of search there are generally three axis these things progress along. Interactions. Comprehensiveness. Understanding. For a lot of the features and a lot of the changes we make, they really only move forward on one axis at a time. Google Instant is interesting because it actually moves the ball forward on all three of those areas. It is a totally new way of interacting with the search engine.”
Seems so, though they rolled out that retarded left-hand sidebar domain by domain, so it's probably slowly cycling over to the other domains as we speak.
I find that google instant helps me pick the better search terms for finding what I want, I'm probably one of the not-so-few people that suffer from the total inability of finding anything worthwhile with google, mostly because I can't pick the right words for what I want.
Google instant on the other hand shows me what I get for typing the wrong words and lets me fix the bad search terms without having to click the search button again and again or having to scroll down the page, I just type words until the site that I want pops out as the top link,
then I do a cool shortcut that I learned thanks to all this: enter the words into google instant until what you want is first, then press the down arrow key, then the left arrow key, no mouse needed! finally! yay!
so it's not the speed of the search, it's the reduced clicking that saves time, for me at least.
p.s. the curiosity factor that poes mentions is not really a bad thing :)
It's called google-fu.Quote:
I'm probably one of the not-so-few people that suffer from the total inability of finding anything worthwhile with google, mostly because I can't pick the right words for what I want.
Not a bad thing, sometimes it can enhance what you're looking for, and find specific terms. Maybe it wouldn't be too good if people were too reliant on it.Quote:
the curiosity factor that poes mentions is not really a bad thing
I do see a potential problem with Instant Google, and this problem lies anywhere beyond the first page. People would prefer simply typing something new and seeing Google do it's magic that possibly going to the 2nd and 3rd pages to see if they can find what they want. To be honest I rarely go beyond page 1. Only if I am super-desperate.
No, the curiosity issue is when you start out searching for one thing, but because you get half-*ssed results as you go, you get distracted by something unrelated to your search and you end up spending hours "encyclopedia surfing" before remembering you were supposed to look up something.Quote:
Not a bad thing, sometimes it can enhance what you're looking for, and find specific terms. Maybe it wouldn't be too good if people were too reliant on it.
As you go through an encyclodpedia or dictionary, you see lots of other interesting words while you try to spell-search your term. The result is you never quite get to your search term.