You may have noticed some changes at Google recently. They have implemented what is known as real time search. What this means is that when you start typing your search term, Google will automatically start displaying results as you type. So, for example, if you are searching for “American race cars”, as you type the word “American” you will start to see results that have to do with America once you fill in all those letters. If you stop there, then the results below will only apply to the broad search term “America”. You might pause and decide to scan the results to see if there is anything interesting related to “America” in the search results that catches your fancy. As you continue to type, you can pause at “American Race” and see results that correspond to that. It can be fun and interesting to pause in between words, for example, “American ra” and see the results that come up.

So, what does this mean for you? Well, it means that searches can be completed much more quickly and you might come across some unexpected results along the way that are actually more relevant to what you are looking for. In some cases, it can save you the extra key strokes, especially on long-tail searches like “American race car tragedies in 1995”.

The idea behind it is that through doing research, Google has determined that people’s eyes can scan the results about ten times faster than they can type. So, Google is trying to speed things up for people using their search engine. It’s certainly pioneering as far as searching goes (no other search engine currently does this) and can make for some fast and interesting searches. Give it a try if you haven’t already!