Turns out there's also a Google Suggest FAQ. (Access it through that "Learn More" link on the Suggest page.) Google Labs lists a whole bunch of tools they're working on. (Reminds me of IBM's alphaWorks.) There's also 2004 Year-End Google Zeitgeist, a pile of statistics about what was searched on during the year.
Part of what's cool about Google Suggest is not just what it does, but how it's implemented. It has a dropdown list that updates as you type, without reloading the web page. How do they do that? Joel points to the answer: XmlHttpRequest from Apple (doesn't it figure somehow? Apple is still the innovator of so much cool stuff!), as explained in Auto complete comes of age. As usual, Slashdot has been on this for two months now, complete with an explanation of the Implementation details.
- XMLHttpRequest for The Masses
- Google Suggest Dissected...
- Google Suggest Dissected...and more xmlhttprequest stuff
- XMLHttp made famous by Google Suggest
- Using the XML HTTP Request object