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Google Adds Suggestions To Search Queries

Google has been busy cooking up some new stuff in its labs of late. It is currently rolling out a new suggestion feature that will automatically suggest search queries as you begin to type in the search box.

Google has been busy cooking up some new stuff in its labs of late. It is currently rolling out a new suggestion feature that will automatically suggest search queries as you begin to type in the search box.Google Suggest, developed in Google Labs, has several purposes. According to Google, it's a means to cut down on spelling errors, cut down on keystrokes, and help users create better search terms. It automatically corrects typos as you go, and will offer a growing list of search suggestions as you continue to type.

Google Product Manager Jennifer Lui wrote in a post on The Official Google Blog, "We find that by providing suggestions up-front, we can help people search more efficiently and conveniently."

Users of Firefox, YouTube, and Maps, as well as devices such as BlackBerrys and the iPhone, already have experienced Google Suggest. I use the Firefox browser search bar for most of my searches (rather than actually going to the Google home page). The suggestion feature definitely comes in handy. For example, I typed in the search term "Google." The software suggested 13 alternatives in a pull-down menu. I could simply scroll down to the term I want and away I go.

"Google Suggest will be 'graduating' from Labs and available by default on the Google.com homepage. Over the next week, we'll be rolling this out so that more and more of you will start seeing a list of query suggestions when you start typing into the search box," wrote Lui.

The Google Suggest feature originally started as a 20% project in 2004, and has finally come to the home page.

"So what are you waiting for?" asks Lui. "Give it a try. Start typing in a query on Google.com to see Google Suggest in action!"

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