Google launches Instant Previews for search results

By Emil
Nov 9, 2010
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  1. Google has announced Instant Previews for its search results. The feature helps you choose which link to click by showing you a mini cached version of each page. Instant Previews is rolling out over the next "few days" (for the impatient, you can opt-in via this link) and will be available in 40 languages.

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  2. bakape

    bakape TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Not too big of an impact for those who are already using Search Preview on GC or FF, but generally a very welcome addition.
  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,366   +261

    Thats pretty intense when you think about it, thats alot to cache!
  4. TwiztidSef

    TwiztidSef Newcomer, in training Posts: 49

    Looks like they are just taking pictures of the web pages and linking them to the search results. I am sure google already had a database capable of this before they started and enough space to keep 5x this amount of data.

    It looks like this is to improve customer satisfaction overall. If they wanted to monetize it, they can add a add at the top or bottom of the preview. I expect google to do that eventually, mostly because they are a business. I am damn near blind to ads now, from seeing so many on the internet.
  5. limpangel

    limpangel TechSpot Member Posts: 65

    Not really that much. The TechSpot page thumbnail is around 23 KB. If you cache the image of about 1 billion web pages then you need around 21.5 TB of disk space. I think Google can afford that. :p
  6. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 156

    Even though it's not really that usefull, I can see why some1 would want to preview a page before going there.
  7. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 900

    I just tried it, and honestly it does not seem any faster than simply opening the link in a new tab by clicking the scroll wheel.
  8. omega00

    omega00 Newcomer, in training Posts: 37

    It's kinda cool, especially if you have a really old computer. I would love to open a bunch of links in new tabs, but I mainly use an old computer that gets bogged down if I open too many tabs. It's a bit more convenient now with this instant preview thing.
  9. UT66

    UT66 Newcomer, in training Posts: 144

    whats going on with google, are they nervous or something? whats up with all this recent gimmicks?
  10. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    To be honest I prefer to open a bunch of links in new tabs and then going through them. Depends how you search I guess.
  11. Puiu

    Puiu TechSpot Booster Posts: 991   +82

    firefox has an extention for this, but it doesn't compare to what google did (well, they do have direct access to the server). This is going to be a feature that i'll use everyday. Is it just me or did google started working overtime? (chrome, google search, youtube, gmail, etc). You can clearly see a lot of effort put in everything they did lately.
  12. jazboy

    jazboy Newcomer, in training Posts: 112

    I guess this is just screen shot of the webpage you are going to see. I am not sure whether it shows current webpage screen or google has stored theier website image in their database and showing along with search result. This is really good addition but not sure how much it will help the search user.
  13. Razerblade

    Razerblade Newcomer, in training Posts: 117

    Not a bad little feature. I thought Google already had thumbnails of the websites in search but maybe I am just imagining that. Will be interesting to see how well this works when it is rolled out.
     
  14. Eddo22

    Eddo22 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 134

    That's a good feature for users, however it's probably going to reduce the number of hits some websites get.
  15. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,574   +41

    Its distracting, sometimes I end up typing in the wrong word.
  16. Recipe7

    Recipe7 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 139

    Only 5%? Consider me 100%. No more making a dozen tabs to see a few websites, cool.
  17. Annoying. I've already blocked it by adding this filter to Adblock Plus

    http://www.google.com/extern_js/
  18. vangrat

    vangrat Newcomer, in training Posts: 223

    Hello Limpangel

    Just to be pedantic, in 2008 (source:http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/we-knew-web-was-big.html) google stated they had indexed over 1 trillion pages. So to re-estimate your estimate

    You would need 22351.74 TB of disk space. NOW this is an upper estimate, but even half of that...still a bit more than 21.5 TB.
  19. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,994   +67

    Fruits of competition, I think Google took Bing's idea and refined it further. Although these features 'can' get in the way at times.
  20. speeedy6

    speeedy6 Newcomer, in training Posts: 21

    Looking forward to it.
  21. limpangel

    limpangel TechSpot Member Posts: 65

    @vangrat: Nice one. I didn't know that number (I should have googled it :p ). Anyway, according to your estimates they would need like 2 mil. $ to cover just the storage expenses, assuming they are making thumbs of all the pages they index. It's a lot, but then again we're talking Google here. As far as I tested it seems that they are making the thumbs on the fly. So if someone clicks on the preview of a certain page and till then nobody did that, they make the thumb. That means they don't waste space with pages nobody visits.

    On a side note I discovered that the preview shows the first page of PDF files too.
  22. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TechSpot Maniac Posts: 530

    It is clear Bing has made google step up operations and improve the website. I still don't like the new image search.
  23. taea00

    taea00 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 102

    There was another search engine that has had the preview for a few years now. Sadly I can't remember which, because it wasn't really worth it at the time. I'm hoping Google has a better implementation. I can see this being very useful if done right.

    I don't think Bing has Google worried yet, they still don't have very much of the market, but I'm always for competition. So we need more search engines eating away at the market so it'll force everyone to add more useful features. Key on useful.
  24. aalsheh

    aalsheh Newcomer, in training

    ahhh, now searching for porn is so much easier :p

    on a serious note, Google was accused of so much carbon footprint per search they get, how much is this gonna add to that? is it worthed to destroy our planet for a ***** to get a better search?
  25. Cryptopsy

    Cryptopsy Newcomer, in training Posts: 47

    Ya indeed, Search Preview already existed as an Addon. Still a cool feature to implement directly into google itself.


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