Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Google Instant Previews On Its Search Results

Google added latest addition "Instant Previews" on its search engine. Now Google lets you preview search results before you click them. The new feature can load preview results in less than one-tenth of a second, while many of today's websites usually take four or five seconds to load.

Google accomplishes this by taking a screenshot of every webpage in its index and giving users access to it via a magnifying glass icon that sits to the right of every search result.

Instant Previews Features:

Use Instant Previews to see what a webpage is like before clicking a search result.

To use the feature, people can click on the "magnifying glass" next to the title of any search result and a visual overview of the page will appear on the right. After clicking once and opening a preview, you can hover over other search results to preview those pages. For some previews, highly relevant parts of the page will appear in text call out boxes over the preview image to help you see where your query appears on the page.

To dismiss the preview, click the X in the top corner of the preview bubble. If you find a preview that contains content that you want to remove, learn how to remove a page or site from Google's search results.


Quickly Compare Results
A visual comparison of search results helps you pick which result is right for you.

Pinpoint Relevant Content
Text call outs highlight where your search term appears on the web page so you can evaluate if it’s what you're looking for.

Interact with the Results Page
Page previews let you see the layout of a web page before clicking the search result. Page previews let you see the layout of a web page before clicking the search result.

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