Posted December 14, 2009 12:32 pm by with 0 comments

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Friday, Google announced new Universal Search features for Google Suggest. The query-finishing prompter used to only suggest completed or related queries as you typed:

The new Google Suggest has way more than just words to offer. Google announce ten new Universal Search shortcuts available right in Google Suggest.

Just start typing in a query that falls into one of these categories, and you’ll get the answer to your question before you can even click.

google suggest universal

Many of the suggestions also feature more “universally” features including weather icons and links in addition to the answers. These suggestions are available for weather, flight status, local time, area codes, package tracking, answers (like [what is the capital of Belgium]), definitions, calculator, currency and unit conversions.

“Extra” results have long shown up in Google Suggest, especially with ads.

In the same blog post Friday, Google announced an extension to Chrome to help you find snippets from SERPs on the resulting page.

What do you think? Will these suggestions change the way people interact with Google (eventually)? Will they change the time spent on site?