Google Instant completes a trio of the company’s recent releases, and according to Google, saves us the milliseconds that we didn’t know we were wasting. The trifecta began with Google Voice/ Gmail integration a week and a half ago, followed by Priority Inbox, and now Google Insant. Early reactions are mostly positive. Yay for milliseconds!
“Our key technical insight was that people type slowly, but read quickly, typically taking 300 milliseconds between keystrokes, but only 30 milliseconds (a tenth of the time!) to glance at another part of the page. This means that you can scan a results page while you type,” Google says, straightening their duct-taped glasses.
If Google really cared about our milliseconds, they would keep things as simple as possible: no video searches, no chat, no training the priority inbox or pondering the ways in which Google Voice can change the world. These things alone have wasted days of our lives, let alone milliseconds!
Anyway, while Google Instant can save us time, however little, the one thing it cannot and will not do is improve itself as a sexual search engine — despite what Not Gary Busey has to tweet about it. Mashable brought to our attention the fact that Google Instant Doesn’t Like Your Sexy Searches. We checked, giggled, and came to the same conclusion.
We also found that the word “lesbian” will not work in the instant search. However, “homosexuality” pops up halfway through typing the word, and typing “gay” calls up “gay marriage.”
Perhaps Google is still working out the bugs as to which words are “terms related to pornography, violence and hate speech.” By the way, hate speech even includes the word “hate.” Man, Google’s a harsher potty-mouth critic than our moms!
Fear not — a mobile version of Google Instant will be released soon. So, you can play the What won’t Google let me search? game on the go!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 9, 2010