Blog Network

About The Bloggers


The Alphabet According to 'Google Instant'

Googlelogo_sm Google made a splash this week with the introduction of Google Instant. As Google describes it, "Google Instant is a new search enhancement that shows results as you type." Basically, even if you type just one letter into the search box, Google offers you a list of searches (and results) that it believes you may be headed toward.

On the blog, Simon Fodden has compiled a complete alphabet of what you get at the top of your Google Instant results if you type in just one letter:

A is for Amazon
B is for Best Buy
C is for Craigslist
D is for
E is for eBay
F is for Facebook
G is for Gmail
H is for Hotmail
I is for Ikea
J is for JetBlue
K is for Kohl’s
L is for Lowe’s
M is for MapQuest
N is for Netflix
O is for Orbitz
P is for Pandora
Q is for quotes at BrainyQuote
R is for REI
S is for Sears
T is for Target
U is for US Postal Service
V is for Verizon
W is for
X is for
Y is for Yahoo
Z is for Zillow

When I tried this, my own results varied in an interesting way. I am based out of the DC area, and, on my computer at least, "D is for DC Metro" and "K is for Kings Dominion," which is a DC-area theme park.  I guess this means that Google Instant knows where you are located and uses that to anticipate your searches and desired results? That theory is supported in this article, but can anyone out there shed additional light on whether this is the case?

Also -- how long until Google introduces "channels" on Google Instant? You could search on the "Google Instant: Law" channel, for example and it would provide you with law-related responses: "A is for Ambrogi; B is for Baker Botts" -- and so on.

Posted by Bruce Carton on September 10, 2010 at 12:29 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


About ALM  |  About  |  Customer Support  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms & Conditions