Firefox Panorama: Search proof-of-concept
There are two modes people use for finding information: browsing and searching. Browsing is for when you don’t know exactly what you want to find, and search is for when you know exactly for what you are looking.
A supermarket makes a good example of the browse versus search distinction. Say you want to make a salad. When you go to a supermarket your browse for ingredients: you wander through the vegetable section picking up the the ingredients that strike you as delicious. You don’t know exactly what you want, but seeing the vegetables helps you make the selection. That’s browse.
When you are searching for something in particular, like tahini sauce, the browse-model of supermarkets becomes frustrating. You end up wandering through the isles trying to find the category that tahini sauce is filed under: Sauces? Ethnic? Condiments? What you’d really like is to perform a Google-esque search to immediately find for what you’re looking. The closest things supermarkets have to search are the employees who, when asked, will bring you directly to your desired item. That’s the power of search.
Firefox Panorama (née Tab Candy) gives the best way to browse through your tabs and groups, but is lacking in search. We are working on fixing that. Search is a feature where speed is the number one priority, so we’ve worked to have the visual aspects of search be lightening fast (almost no animation) and the entry method be instant (just start typing). Here is our proof of concept.