| 6:05 pm on Jul 4, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Did you just see this happen once, or does it happen for many different search terms?
Edit: I Just had another thought. Could it have inserted some ads at the top after you hit enter?
| 12:55 am on Jul 5, 2012 (gmt 0)|
It sounds like you're talking about Google suggest. It's been active in the US for ages now.
| 1:57 am on Jul 5, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Yes, I do think we're talking about Google Suggest - but the fact is also mentioned that the last SERP you see under your last letter typed is not the same as when you press Enter. I see the same thing - not what it used to be!
| 5:05 am on Jul 5, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Since the other day while using Google to research synonyms for a new product name, I now have to enter a captcha code just to get normal search results... the same results that Google dishes up to everyone else.
| 8:30 am on Jul 5, 2012 (gmt 0)|
As tedster says, its the fact that when you press Enter that it all changes that's the 'weirdness' I was trying to explain, probably badly!
| 1:05 pm on Jul 5, 2012 (gmt 0)|
There is a case in which I would expect this behaviour. I'm going to give a specific example because I'm not sure I can explain it without it. I'll make it generic and non-commercial as possible.
Let's say you want to search for "going post" which is the name of a band. You type it in but the results are for "going postal" which is a much more common search query. Then when you hit enter Google realizes that you actually meant "going post" and not "going postal" and switches the results to what you want.
| 1:23 pm on Jul 5, 2012 (gmt 0)|
I see what you mean, although, I'm not sure that's what this is.
It seems to be behaving a touch different today. I'm getting the same effect, although more so on specific longtail searches including a brand in the search. Not so much on searches without the mention of a brand in there.
Yesterday it was behaving as I said for the search 'blue widget' - today it isn't.
| 1:27 pm on Jul 5, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Wow - another area for testing that I never considered before.
| 1:35 pm on Jul 5, 2012 (gmt 0)|
Perhaps another possibility is that the preview results come from a different datasource that hasn't been updated with the latest real-time SERPs