Like a lot of people, I love YouTube. All the funny videos, music and clips… it’s a great website. And a big factor in all the time I waste online, but that’s a subject for another article. YouTube hosts so much content – 35 hours of content is uploaded to YouTube every minute of every day – that without a good search mechanism, that hysterical video of a cat spinning from a ceiling fan, a squirrel on a pair of skis, or a dog on a skateboard would be hard to find. Thankfully, YouTube offers good search abilities.
Now personally, I’m all about saving time (except when I’m wasting time), which is why the search box on most web browsers is such a benefit. When I want to do a Google search, I just click in the search box, type in my search query, and hit enter. I’m immediately taken to Google, to a page showing my search results. This saves me a step, because instead of going to Google.com and then typing in my search query and waiting for the results to load, I simply type my search query into the search box and wait for the results to load. No need to load up the basic Google.com page first.
Fast YouTube Search for Google Chrome performs the same time saving, but for YouTube instead of Google searches. Once installed, you’ll see a little YouTube icon appear in your Google Chrome toolbar. Click it and a little pop-up reveals itself. Start typing your search query into it and as you type, you’ll see search suggestions appear instantly, just as you do on the YouTube or Google home page. If you want to type out everything, you can. Just type it and hit Enter, and YouTube will load up your search results for you. To save a bit of typing time, however, if you see what you were planning on typing in one of the suggestions, click it and the same YouTube results page will load, without any additional typing.
And that is everything that Fast YouTube Search does. But that’s enough, in my view. I don’t need it to show me preview thumbnails for the video results… in fact, it’s not showing me any results at all, just search suggestions. I like it – just as I like the search box – because it allows me to refine my search and save time, all with a minimum amount of clicking and loading web pages.
My first thought when I saw Fast YouTube Search was that it’s kind of unnecessary. After all, if you go to the Google Chrome URL bar and type YouTube.com, at some, “Press TAB to search YouTube Video Search,” appears on the right side of the URL bar. Pressing tab changes the interface so you can type in your search query. Hit enter, and you’ll be taken to the same YouTube results page. It’s a great feature, but it’s missing one thing the extension offers, and that is search suggestions. So it’s a trade-off in my mind. Using the URL bar method, you don’t get search suggestions, but you don’t add an icon to your toolbar. Use the Fast YouTube Search extension, and your toolbar gets a little more cluttered, but you get the added benefit of instant suggestions. Either way is good, and both let you fast YouTube faster than you could by first loading up the home page. I like the extension, for now; we’ll see how I feel about it after using it for a bit, but at the moment I really like what it does.