Google introduces preview before clicking with Instant Previews

If Google Instant was not enough, in an effort to provide an even faster search results and a more useful user experience, today Google is expanding its search result functionality with the introduction of Instant Previews. Now you will be able to preview an image-based snapshot of the website page that you intent to visit, before clicking the link.

If Google Instant was not enough, in an effort to provide an even faster search results and a more useful user experience, today Google is expanding its search result functionality with the introduction of Instant Previews. Now you will be able to preview an image-based snapshot of the website page that you intent to visit, before clicking the link.

It is pretty easy to notice if Instant Previews is enabled for you to use. Just look for a magnifying glass next to your search result, if not follow this link to try it out.

To see Google Instant Previews in action, the user needs to hover with the mouse or click the magnifying glass for the snapshot to appear in the right hand side. Not for every search result, but accompanying the snapshot you will also be able to find a text call out, in orange, bringing up some text from the web page with your search term, that will help you to determine if that is what you are looking for.

Google Instant Previews is not for speeding up terms look up, but rather help you to make a better decision on what you’re searching.

From The Official Google Blog:

“Here are some of the things you can do to get the most out of Instant Previews:

  • Quickly compare results – A visual comparison of search results helps you pick the one that’s right for you. Quickly flip through previews to see which page looks best.
  • Pinpoint relevant content – Text callouts, in orange, will sometimes highlight where your search terms appear on the webpage 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 webpage before clicking the search result. Looking for a chart, picture, map or list? See if you can spot one in the preview.”

Google is rolling out Instant Previews today, but it might take a few days to reach everyone. Also Instant Previews will be available in 40 languages.

Source The Official Google Blog

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