Fun with Google Autocomplete

Google autocomplete can get you some really fun results. Google describes their autocomplete system results as follows:

The search queries that you see as part of Autocomplete are a reflection of the search activity of users and the content of web pages indexed by Google.

That one bit: “reflection of the search activity of users” means there is a little bit of us in those auto complete results. Unfortunately, we’re not so smart.  For example, here’s what you get when you type “when did:”


Okay America; we need to study our history a bit better. But it gets worse:


Only one of those things about Patrick Stewart are true. Why are we searching for things that have not happened? Let’s all buckle down and do better, America!


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Posted on February 8, 2014, in observations and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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