Google opens alphabetti spaghetti with refined spelling in search
Web queries for an illiterate age
Google has tweaked its search engine to speed up queries for users who are prone to spelling mishaps.
Mountain View said on Friday that it had made three enhancements to help web surfers input their searches more quickly and easily.
It has plumped up the automatic correction of misspelled search words to include 31 languages and improved spell correction for names. The company has also refined Google Suggest by adding a feature that searches for terms based on where someone using the search engine is located.
The ad broker launched Google Suggest last year, but at that point it only grouped searches together according to which country they originated from. The tweak enables a much more detailed search within a specific geographical area.
"Just as people in the UK often look for different things than people in US, we’ve found that people in Seattle tend to look for different things than people in Dallas," said the firm's search wonk Pandu Nayak in a blog post.
"So last week, we rolled out a version of Google Suggest that is tailored to specific metro areas in the US." ®
Just... don't. Or at least give us the opportunity to turn the auto-correction off.
I tend to search for things with slightly unusual spellings. I often also use French or Spanish search terms. I already get irked by Google asking "did you mean...", or even (on one occasion) deciding that I actually didn't mean to search for "sp_dbcc_faultreport indid", and giving me the results for "sp_dbcc_faultreport india"!
This sounds like it will lead to more of the same. In return for making something easier to use for newbies, we are going to end up with something that is of less use to power users.
God help you
if you're trying to find something that's deliberately misspelt.
how about "NOT!"
Please Google, give us a URL that won't have any of the suggestion crap. I hate losing more than an inch of screen real-estate just because you think I can't spell. how about http://smarter.than.google.com