When typing into a website (for example: posting on a forum, filling out a form on the web, or using Google), are the words you type sent to the website while you type, or not until you click the Search, Send, Save, or Post button?
I've been searching without success for an answer to this, and I'd appreciate any help.
"Doesn't that mean my search queries are being sent to Google's servers while I type?"
Yes, but that is not the question you asked, you wanted to know about website form submissions. Search terms are different.
See my first post – I'm asking about data submission to all kinds of websites, including message boards and search engines:
Back in 2010, Google introduced something called instant search,which automatically populates search results as you type in a query - results pages were provided in real time. The idea was to save millions of seconds each hour by cutting the time it took users to type search queries.
The world moved on, and last summer Google realised that more than half of all search queries are now typed into smartphone browsers, and small touch screens plus lists of suggestions scrolling down did not exactly make for a good user experience. The decision was made to drop instant search altogether.
You have always been able to turn it off, but now it's gone forever.
Lots of people confuse instant search with autofill, which still provides search result suggestions as you type, but no pages are loaded until you hit the enter key. You can of course turn off autofill in your browser options.
^^ Thanks again for the response.
It looks like I haven't been clear enough with my question, so I'll try again.
Let's say I type the words "tech help" into a website. (Just for example: I type it into the search bar on Google, OR I type it into the "Post a Reply" text editor on Tech Advisor.) But I don't click the Post/Search button. Will the website (Google/Tech Advisor) know that I typed the words "tech help"?
^ And to be clearer: I know the website won't make a post or return search results if I don't click Submit. What I'm interested in knowing: Can it tell that I typed the words "tech help"?
It seems that they are sent without you pressing the enter button and they have the information whether you send it or not.
Much appreciated! That's exactly the kind of information I was looking for.
According to the Gizmodo report, not all websites do it. Is there a way to tell if a website collects your typed data without you pressing the enter button? If anyone knows, I'd appreciate it.
Fletch: the problem is your use of the word "website", when I think that you probably mean "Search Engine".
If you type a message into this Forum or many other sites where you are corresponding with or through them, perhaps you would describe it as writing letters. Nothing goes until you press the Send Button
If, however you are on Google, Amazon, Duck Duck Go or eBay, or any other Search Engine for that matter, the Site knows what you are typing from the first key that you hit
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