3 Cool Uses for Google Instant

Earlier this month, Google (Stock Quote: GOOG) effectively revolutionized the way we search for and find information on the Internet with the introduction of Google Instant.

This new tool actually predicts what you’re looking for as you enter in your search, so new results pop up with each letter you type. According to Google, this change makes it possible for users to shave off anywhere between two and five seconds in the time it takes to search.

Yet, even as Google argues that Instant is more efficient than the standard search engine, many have expressed disappointment with the change.

“When I enter my search terms I know what I want to search for. I don’t need Google’s ad-derived suggestions distracting me,” Christopher Helman wrote for Forbes. “This search engine is as annoying as talking to a college kid who is not as smart as he thinks he is, and who keeps finishing your sentences for you. And finishing them wrong.”

Similarly, a Mashable poll found that nearly a third of users dislike the service, with the majority citing “information overload” as their reason.

With that in mind, we decided to round up three things that Google Instant actually does better than the previous version of Google search, as well as two things Google should do with Instant going forward.


Most people use the Google search toolbar to look up information (or Google their names), but you can also use this toolbar as a calculator. In the past, all you had to do was type in the equation using the proper arithmetic signs and then press enter. But now with Google Instant, the results will pop up as you type, much like with a regular calculator. So if you are doing a long equation, you can get the results as you go. This is especially useful if you’re trying to do something like currency conversions very quickly.

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