Bye Bye Instant Previews

Instant Previews were launched by Google back in 2010 and gave people searching for a site the ability to get a glimpse at a webpage by hovering over a magnifying glass next to the page in the search results.

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However, this week Google has decided to remove this function all together due to low usage and replaced it with a drop-down option to see a Cached Version, see Similar Results or share the page on Google+.

Google has also removed their instant previews from mobile and video.

“As we’ve streamlined the results page, we’ve had to remove certain features, such as Instant Previews,” according to a Google spokesperson in the Google Search Forum. “Instant previews saw very low usage by our users, and we’ve decided to focus on streamlining the page to benefit more users.”