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The Future Is Here: Google Voice Search


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2001I just read in a Mashable article that Google has begun testing voice search on Google.com

Voice search detects your computer’s microphone settings and will transcribe your words into a search query.

Will this change how people search?

By that I mean the actual search phrases.

Will we see a surge in search terms starting with “I wanna see…”, “Find me information on…” or “I need information about…”

Or how about “Bring me up…” or “Where can I find…”

Already now there are only 1,300 exact matches per month for ‘where can i find’ but as a broad match type it tops one million a month.

Will our search patterns change as we get into the habit of talking to our computers instead of typing on them?

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  1. #1 by Greg - May 3rd, 2011 at 22:15

    I’d imagine the the voice algo would have to somehow lump “like” terms into one meaning….did you mean….? What do you mean, what did you mean, whada ya mean , etc…

    My habits for sure would change if I could just talk to search. I for one would love to have voice command on Google’s home page.

    I could hear myself now…. “Google…find me all pdf files for fiber optic splicing”

    Of course using the word “Google” would throw the search results off and possibly only return documents from Google’s own domain on fiber splicing, leaning the tables in Google’s favor.

    I just started using G Voice a few weeks back. I had to get a new phone so I got a HTC Thunderbolt. Google Voice search rocks. No more typing.

    Playing with terms, “Bring me up New York City” returns results from yelp about a cafe Pick Me Up in New York. I imagine the reason for Yelp results is the search function is working in conjunction with geo locating?

    Perfect for small business!

    Inspired by Mashable’s article I voice searched the term, “Directions to Empire State Building New York”. 1 day, 6hours and 57minutes.

    Sounds about right.

    Being the voice search is it’s infancy the results are a bit peculiar.

    Using one of your examples, “I wanna see Al Gore” returns – I wanna see Jesse Ventura take on Al Gore… interesting.

    I like voice search…bring it on Hal!

  2. #2 by Glen - May 4th, 2011 at 05:15

    “I’m looking for…” is another that I imagine people will use as a prefix.

  3. #3 by Paula Atwell - May 4th, 2011 at 14:51

    This may also come with searches on mobile smart phones. I have been thinking about how that many people are starting to look online more from their phones. Certainly the sound technology meshes well with phones.

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