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See for yourself -> http://www.google.com/webhp?complete=1
It’s the same technique as LiveSearch, just with a far more powerful search engine behind ;)
Very nice indeed. It doesn’t do a full google search however, just try to search for a very unique word: It won’t complete it. They probably took the most popular queries that fit into RAM :-)
I don’t understand exactly what is included and what is excluded from the suggestion index. The number of results doesn’t seem to be a factor. Maybe something like the added page rank of the sites beggining with the given string ? (just thinking out loud)
It seems the httpRequest object is going mainstream.
Google’s “suggest” has still some issues with special keys (tab, backspace …), at least in my computer, which unfortunatly has a lot of issues by itself :)
One thing I miss is that when using this technique I can’t see the browser’s own autocompletion, which I really like since many times I tend to search again and again the same stuff.
They could store my searches in a cookie and prioritize them when showing the suggestions, putting them at the top of the list in bold would be great.
Maybe I’m mistaken but it seems there is a big difference between livesearch and google suggest.
Google suggest is displaying suggestions based on other peoples searches and the number of times a word or phrase has been searched for. Where livesearch is displaying actual search results as you type.
This is why it appears that google doesn’t do a full search.
I don’t know if you know, but your live search has a bug: Just type a keyword with no result (I tried “jre”) and press return:
“Fatal error: Uncaught exception ‘BxPageNotFoundException’ with message ‘archive/?q=jre was not found.’ in …”
It really is quite cool, though.
Gerd: It’s not LiveSearch, which has a bug, but the Blog software, which throws an exception, if no entry is found, have to fix this..
Thanks for the hint.
They already have a proof of concept firefox extension for google suggest: http://www.loconet.ca . Still has some issues but pretty cool for a late night hacking session.
Heh, Google Suggest doesn’t even have working keyboard repeat :/ Just try holding the cursor-down key. Pffft…
I tried to make some simultaneous connection and it is problems with it. It seem to me that browser limit connections, that can be open on client side with such approach.