It’s been two years now since Google unveiled Instant Search, so long, in fact, that I couldn’t remember what it was called anymore. Lets have a refresher: two years ago Google changed the way they display search results from waiting for you to press enter before showing a static page, to displaying a constantly refreshing page of guesses based on the characters you’d typed in so far. The problem with this that many people immediately raised was that nobody was going to want to search for words like “sextillion,” “pork,” or “book,” seeing as how those words share initial letters with “sex,” “porn,” and “boobs.”
No worries, Google had a plan for that: certain words would not call in the instant search function, and instead would require folks to press enter to see anything other than a blank page. These words would offer no autocorrects, no suggested searches, and feature no results. Which seemed reasonable until Instant Search was rolled out, revealing that included on that list of words was “lesbian,” and “bisexual,” but not, for example, “ex-gay.”
It’s taken two years, but BiNet says they’ve managed to get Google to rescind its policy on “bisexual” as a term that does not work with Instant Search.