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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

New Google Suggest in beta form

Last month I signposted three Google bits and bobs that I had come across. I'd also said that three was your lot - but we now need to change that to four.

Blame Jack Schofield. In the Guardian he reported that:

"Google Suggest quietly debuted this week on the company's Labs site, which showcases Google features that 'aren't quite ready for prime time..."

So there's now another new Google tool for us to play with. At first sight it looks just like ordinary Google but (according to them) this is how it works:
"As you type into the search box, Google Suggest guesses what you're typing and offers suggestions in real time....For example, if you type "bass," Google Suggest might offer a list of refinements that include "bass fishing" or "bass guitar."

Similarly, if you type in only part of a word, like "progr," Google Suggest might offer you refinements like "programming," "programming languages," "progesterone," or "progressive." You can choose one by scrolling up or down the list with the arrow keys or mouse."

It's a beta version but still worth a look. The predictive text element could also make this quite a useful tool for learners who are familiar with Google but have difficulty spelling or typing.


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