About a month ago, Google introduced Google Instant, “a new search enhancement that shows results as you type.” In case you want to geek out, their “key technical insight was that people type slowly, but read quickly, typically taking 300 milliseconds between keystrokes, but only 30 milliseconds (a tenth of the time!) to glance at another part of the page. This means that you can scan a results page while you type.”

(from the WSJ🙂 Marissa Mayer, vice president of search products and user experience, said Google Instant could shave two to five seconds from the average 25 seconds previously needed to search and choose a link—reducing the collective time spent on Google searches by 350 million hours a year. It’s “search at the speed of thought,” she said.

But who cares about that? Especially when there are better uses for this shiny new technology, such as seeing how long it takes Google to predict your last name. Here’s the answer:

Instead of typing all six letter of my last name, I only have to type four, and then not accidentally select “ochweb.” And they even spell it correctly, unlike all these hapless folks.Wow. Dazzling.

So, 2-5 seconds of savings for the dozens upon dozens of people searching for Ochwat, and you have some real time savings–which you can use for better purposes, like Lolcats and Failblog.