FranticFish - 10:29 pm on Dec 15, 2010 (gmt 0)
Show people only what is already popular and it therefore becomes more popular
+1 to that and Mr Fewkes.
Google have always said that they are shaped by intent.
I have two concerns with Instant - first that it has the possibility to shape and narrow intent, and to direct rather than reflect. There are half the suggestions there used to be - that's a huge amount of diversity being lost there.
Second, there's a fundamental difference to my mind between typing a search term and typing a few letters and selecting one of five choices. Once you start selecting you've started to become a browser, NOT a searcher.