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Google Services Spell Checker

Google is surely the most used search engine on the internet with millions of users that are doing all kinds of searches using the Google product. Because it is so popular, imagine that a lot of users are making typing mistakes and their searches are different from the ones that they were looking for. The search technology provides a useful tool that helps you correct the keyword entered in the search box by presenting you a “Did you mean?” question, mentioning an alternative for your query. Some time ago, multiple internet bloggers sustained that Google was testing a new function for the search engine that corrected the searches automatically, returning the right results  to the user.

Today, Ionut Alex, Google Blogger, posted a message on his blog to announce that he identified this new feature in the majority of the Google services publishing an impressive list of products that are including the spell checker: Google Image Search, Google News, Google Maps, Google Video, Blog Search, Book Search, Froogle, Google Groups, Patent Search, Google Catalogs, Google Directory, Google Scholar, Google Mobile Search (very few corrections), Custom Search (Co-op).

“Google’s famous ‘did you mean…?’ question that shows up on top of the search results if Google thinks you misspelled some words in your query can now be seen in each and every Google search service* (at least in the English version). You’ll see it even if you search from this blog’s search box. This is definitely good news because many people make spelling mistakes and it takes time to realize it and fix the errors manually. Of course, the implementation is not perfect as it relies on common misspellings,” the blogger said.

I also agree that this can be a useful feature because many Google users are making writing mistakes obtaining other results than the ones they were looking for. A Google report for a search after “Britney Spears” shows us all the misspellings made by the users, the search giant saying that “each of these variations was entered by at least two different unique users within a three month period, and was corrected to [ britney spears ] by our spelling correction system (data for the correctly spelled query is shown for comparison).” See the entire list with misspellings.


Goolge, Google Services, Spell+Checker

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