Google "Auto-complete" no longer optional

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Hey, since when does "fixing it even though it ain't broke" become mandatory?

I hate the autocomplete function of Google's search engine. It trashed the FireFox autocomplete I use in my work.
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  • Profile picture of the author snapcontent
    it's all about revenue. They can now show far more ads as it flicks through, and that potentially means more money.
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by snapcontent View Post

      it's all about revenue. They can now show far more ads as it flicks through, and that potentially means more money.
      How can that be true?

      They don't get paid for showing ads... They get paid for generating clicks...
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Since my answer is public, I'll qualify it...

        As a user, I find it annoying, distracting and far from accurate. I hope it goes away quickly.
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        • Profile picture of the author DogScout
          Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

          Since my answer is public, I'll qualify it...

          As a user, I find it annoying, distracting and far from accurate. I hope it goes away quickly.
          As fast as the invasive sidewiki
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          • Profile picture of the author Ken Strong
            In Firefox, there's a search form at the top right of the browser. If you set that to Google and type your term in there, you'll go directly to the results page you want without having to watch the page constantly changing as you type.
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            • Profile picture of the author Kirk Ward
              Originally Posted by KenStrong View Post

              In Firefox, there's a search form at the top right of the browser. If you set that to Google and type your term in there, you'll go directly to the results page you want without having to watch the page constantly changing as you type.
              I just tried clicking on that search form, which took me to the Google/Firefox home page, and entered an innocuous term. There was no autocomplete. The only thing like autocompletion that it does for me is to show a dropdown with some of my prior searchs (pulled from the cookies stored on my machine). I think that can still be turned off.
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              • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
                It's not difficult to turn of Google Auto-complete.

                I turned it off on a Windows machine by adding just the following line to my hosts file:

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                # turn of google search suggestions
                127.0.0.1    clients1.google.com
                I added that and rebooted and autocomplete was gone.
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                • Profile picture of the author Ken Strong
                  Originally Posted by mojojuju View Post

                  It's not difficult to turn of Google Auto-complete.

                  I turned it off on a Windows machine by adding just the following line to my hosts file:

                  Code:
                  # turn of google search suggestions
                  127.0.0.1    clients1.google.com
                  I added that and rebooted and autocomplete was gone.
                  It worked! I didn't even have to reboot first.
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                • Originally Posted by mojojuju View Post

                  It's not difficult to turn of Google Auto-complete.

                  I turned it off on a Windows machine by adding just the following line to my hosts file:

                  Code:
                  # turn of google search suggestions
                  127.0.0.1    clients1.google.com
                  I added that and rebooted and autocomplete was gone.
                  The only problem for me is that my own autocomplete info for my own searches doesn't work, either (saved in FireFox). Since I do a lot of "drilling down" for my local business clients, it's a pain to have to enter each and every variation of long-tail keywords for each niche.

                  Google's autocomplete info is even worse, since it's distracting when I'm trying to enter very specific search terms.

                  [Sigh]

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      • Profile picture of the author zenji
        Mate haven't you heard about pay per impression?
        Am sure google will make a lot of money from PPC advertisers who go for this option.

        Originally Posted by tpw View Post

        How can that be true?

        They don't get paid for showing ads... They get paid for generating clicks...
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        • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
          Originally Posted by zenji View Post

          Mate haven't you heard about pay per impression?
          Am sure google will make a lot of money from PPC advertisers who go for this option.
          As far as I know, pay per impression ads are only visible in the Google Content Network and not on the Search Engine Result Page so google won't make any money off of Google Instant.

          EDIT: To answer the question in the OP, I don't hate the new search.

          It saves me time and I kinda like it.

          EDIT: Just throwing it out there, Bill has been online for about a decade now so he knows how most of the things work
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  • Profile picture of the author TimGross
    Originally Posted by Vince Runza Online View Post

    Hey, since when does "fixing it even though it ain't broke" become mandatory?

    I hate the autocomplete function of Google's search engine. It trashed the FireFox autocomplete I use in my work.
    FYI, you can use Scroogle's no-cookie version here to get straight results:

    http://www.scroogle.org/cgi-bin/scraper.htm
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  • Okay, everybody hates it so far...
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  • Profile picture of the author Ephrils
    The Feature can be turned off in Search Settings.

    If it becomes mandatory Yahoo just gained a new User.
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    • Originally Posted by Ephrils View Post

      The Feature can be turned off in Search Settings.

      If it becomes mandatory Yahoo just gained a new User.
      Only Google Instant can be turned off. I got this from a Google Customer Op named Kelly F: "As Autocomplete quality has improved, we felt it was appropriate to have it always on for all of our users."

      Note Well, it isn't appropriate for users to make up their own minds...

      GRRRRRRRRRR,

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  • Profile picture of the author Nightowl
    I like using Scroogle myself.

    But if I feel the need for using Google....no login, no cookies, no javascript...no autocomplete or instant.

    - Nightowl
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  • Profile picture of the author RuiGomes
    That's just google playing his game and you'll have to play it by his rules.
    I don't like auto complete neither
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  • Profile picture of the author deannatroupe
    I don't know what they are trying to accomplish with this one. I wish they would have just left it alone.

    (OT) I am now at 200 posts. I just couldn't go to bed with 199. That would have been lame.
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