Google Delayed Suggestion Weirdness

By Deane Barker on September 29, 2005

Look at this screencap. I searched for just the word “mint.” In the middle of the search results, Google switches gears and shows me three results for “mint credit card” (follow the arrow), then goes back to my results for just “mint.”

Did I just notice this, or is this new?



  1. I noticed the same sort of thing today when I did a search for “pro bono”. I figured it was just something I had missed before.

  2. This is probably fairly new. It looks like a form of “clustering” (a bit like the clustering search engines, eg. Google is probably taking the normal set of results, applying some algorithm for recognizing clusters that correspond to more specific search, and then grouping them as you saw.

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