View Full Version : Google Suggest BETA

12 December 2004, 08:40 PM
Hopefully no one has beat me to it but i did search if they have. Check it out:

I have been using it since this morning, and so far I love it. It is still be beta so it could change. Advanced operators still work too.

the only thing that didn't work i have discovered is that changing some of the prefs kick you back in to regular google. i tried adding some of the pref's values to the querystring which hept me on google suggest but the function didn't neccesarily stick.

12 December 2004, 09:29 PM
i stumbled across this a while ago, and even if you unclick 'filtered results' it will do anything possible to keep from suggesting something less than 'chaste' :twisted:

12 December 2004, 09:33 PM
cool...I'm wondering how it is implemented...

12 December 2004, 10:15 PM
As an idea the suggestion system is a good one, but it's one of those things which won't work in a "free" environment such as a search engine since the suggestion database would never be up-to-date. For example Wikipedia ( on the other hand could use this (and actually it does or so I've heard) since it's more restricted environment and doesn't change every millisecond.

12 December 2004, 11:17 PM
It seems very well tuned to things people have searched for recently. For example, I started typing "Par" and Paris Hilton comes up before Paris, France.


12 December 2004, 12:50 AM
suppose it is a handy feature, but i always know what i want to search for when using google anyway. I like the idea though

12 December 2004, 03:56 AM
yeah, I really don't see a use for this beyond novelty.

Zeruel the 14th
12 December 2004, 07:04 AM
Its very cool. I'm just wondering how long it takes before the novelty wears off. Its like search history in your google bar (or firefox equivalent), except its everybody else's search history too.

12 December 2004, 12:00 PM
It seems very well tuned to things people have searched for recently. For example, I started typing "Par" and Paris Hilton comes up before Paris, France.

-jeremy More sites about ms. Hilton than sites about Paris, probably...

12 December 2004, 03:24 PM
This is in the FAQ:

That's pretty cool. How does it do that?
Our algorithms use a wide range of information to predict the queries users are most likely to want to see. For example, Google Suggest uses data about the overall popularity of various searches to help rank the refinements it offers. An example of this type of popularity information can be found in the Google Zeitgeist. Google Suggest does not base its suggestions on your personal search history.

Maybe others do not agree with me but I have found it useful...Though I already know what I want to search, everyone knows that getting the answer you seek in a search engine completely depends on the combo of words you use to search it. therefore as you start typing your search you see a list of what others used to search the samething in order of popularity. If the first doesn't work, try one of the others.

12 December 2004, 04:09 PM (

12 December 2004, 04:27 PM predict the queries users are most likely to want to see
i type my name, and it comes up with 'lachlan is gay'.

....not that there is anything wrong with that - seinfeld.

so i tested it out on other peoples names and its the same, what does this say about what people want to see.

other popular combos were 'is fat', 'is ugly'....

12 December 2004, 11:00 PM
I don't really want to argue. I just thought it was cool but I am still unclear how you are getting these types of results. maybe because you have a less common name. Here is what I got when typing in my name and the i tried the same thing with my friend's name:

alle-allen iverson
allen-allen iverson, allen bradey, allen edmonds, allen ginsberg...

b-best buy
blak-blake shelton
blake-blake sheton, blake, blakes...

any way, im dropping it. because now I feel like a salesman or something. I really don't care if you use it or not.

12 December 2004, 11:54 PM
Wanna play with a cool search tool? Punch a site URL into this (needs Java):

It builds visual networks based on how google relates sites to each other. Double click on a node to expand results for it.

12 December 2004, 12:57 AM
I don't know for me it seems like a annoying, useless feature. :shrug:

12 December 2004, 01:11 AM
Personally, since I love the auto-completion function in most web-browsers, and couldn't live without it, I don't think it's annoying at all. Anything that will save me time typing deserves a And it actually does a really good job anticipating what you want.

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