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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Joy of Google Instant Search (Pics)

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 4:30 PM

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Earlier today, we took Google Instant Search out for a test drive. It accelerated fine, handled the corners well -- and wouldn't return "instant" results for words like "pornography" but had no trouble spitting out links for, say, "Holocaust."

Porn, you see, is offensive.

Google's newest effort to get you home to your spouse and kids 10 seconds earlier has a number of quirks that may or may not ever get worked out. To wit:

Let's say you're looking up "sex." Hey, nothing wrong with that! Without sex, you wouldn't be here -- unless you're a test-tube baby. But, still, when you punch in the letters S-E-X, virtually the entire first page is swamped by links to Sex and the City pages.

My God -- that's disgusting! This is my work computer here!

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It's also entertaining to watch Google rejigger your searches from, say, "Cop"

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...To "Copu..."

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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