Google Refines Suggest Feature

Over at the Google blog they have listed several changes to their ‘suggest’ feature that Google says will speed up results. The new ‘suggest’ features are feature rich, and who better to describe the what they have done than Google themselves. Here is what Google has to say about the new features:

Suggestions on the results page
Previously, we only showed suggestions based on your original search input. Now, when you make a search from a results page, we provide suggestions that relate to the current results page. As you can see in the example below, if your previous search was for roller coasters, when you begin a new query the first few suggestions are still related to roller coasters — helping you refine your search queries to quickly find what you want.

Personalized suggestions
Trying to remember that query which gave you the best results? You’re not alone! We estimate that about a quarter of all signed-in searches are repeats from the past month. Now, if you’re signed in with your Google account and have Web History enabled, we may show some of your relevant past searches as you type. Personalized suggestions will make it easier and faster for you to repeat searches that have worked before. Or, if you need to step away in the middle of a search task, this will help you continue your search tasks at a later time.

Navigational suggestions
If your first keystrokes indicate that you may be looking to navigate directly to a specific site, we’ll list it and send you straight there if you click on it.

Sponsored links in suggestions
Similar to the navigational suggestions above, sometimes we detect that the most relevant completion for what you’re typing is an ad. When an ad is shown, we mark it with the text “Sponsored Link” and a colored background, as on the results page.

We are also introducing a couple more changes to Suggest: we will no longer show the result count for items in the suggest box (we’ve gotten feedback that the numbers were not helpful in comparing the relevance of the queries) and we now bold the text of suggestions to help you more quickly scan the list.

There is additional information on the Google blog site linked below. Take a look at the screen shots which further explain how the new features will function. Hopefully this will speed up what we do for those of us who use Google search.

Comments welcome.

Google blog describing suggest features.

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