Getting search results before you've searched was so funny 10 years ago that Google ran it as it's April Fool Joke. Now, with Google Instant, Google is almost offering just that.
Searching while logged into a Google account and via the latest browser displays search results as you type. Google's vice president of search and user experience, Marissa Mayer, estimates that Google Instant saves the average searcher two to five seconds per search and across the globe this adds up to a saving of 11 hours every second.
However, some commentators have poured scorn on Google Instant, pointing out that while the rest of the world is moving towards social networking, Google's own attempts to join have failed - look no further than Buzz - and all it can come up with is predictive searching.