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2004-12-10, 14:47

It's like a window into popular internet culture:
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A is for Amazon
B is for Best Buy
C is for CNN
D is for Dictionary
E is for Ebay
F is for Firefox (yay!)
G is for Games
H is for Hotmail
I is for Ikea
J is for Jokes
K is for Kazaa
L is for Lyrics
M is for Mapquest
N is for News
O is for Online dictionary
P is for Paris Hilton (wtf?!)
Q is for Quotes
R is for Recipes
S is for Spybot
T is for Tara Reid
U is for Ups
V is for Verizon
W is for Weather
X is for Xbox
Y is for Yahoo
Z is for Zip Codes
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Paul
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2004-12-10, 18:33

w is for georgewbush.com... try it
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2004-12-10, 18:40

Not the google results, the google suggest auto-completion.

Click the bottom link and type 'w' but don't press enter. It uses an xmlhttprequest object to, apparently, pull up a list of the most frequent searches beginning in that string.
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2004-12-10, 19:10

yeah... oops... actually went to the link...

it is very cool, like "auto complete" in the address bar... It would be nice if it suggested things without regard for the order you are typing things in.

for example: college would produce college pro, college board, Boston College, etc...

currently the "search term" has to have an order-based match in their database... This should not be hard to fix, but it would take a great deal more bandwidth to do it...

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2004-12-15, 09:39

I can't believe B isn't for Britney. One of the most frequent searches out there
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2004-12-15, 10:30

yeah, that is a bit odd...
I'm surprised at how "commercial" it is actually... I mean, usually I go to google for information... when I'm looking for a company I try <companyname>.com first...

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2004-12-15, 13:49

I can't believe that P isn't for "porn" (though the association with Ms. Hilton is pretty close) nor that I isn't for iPod or iMac!
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2004-12-15, 20:32

really... ikea? WTF?
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2004-12-15, 21:15

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Originally Posted by bwhaler
I can't believe B isn't for Britney. One of the most frequent searches out there
It lists things alphabetically - if you notice the more frequent searches are not the first items in the list - so B first provides "ba" matches before it would offer "br".

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2004-12-16, 09:28

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Originally Posted by Mac+
It lists things alphabetically
best buy
bbc
bbc news
bank of america
baby names
blockbuster
bestbuy

- it doesn't look alphabetical to me. And it is wierd that britney spears isn't listed at all for 'b'
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2004-12-17, 00:31

You're right - my mistake. I must have assumed that when I added a second letter to my searches and noticed it go alphabetical to a degree.

Sorry about that - on closer inspection, I can't work out how the data is arranged.
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Originally Posted by autodata
And it is wierd that britney spears isn't listed at all for 'b'
If you press br - she turns up second with 8,040,000 - behind British Airways with 4,500,000 - which is strange. Perhaps Google give highest places to advertisers and then run it through alphabetically with a combination of hits. I'm not sure.

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2004-12-17, 10:17

But those are just results, not # of queries.

But, yeah, I have a hard time believing that there are more queries for british airways than for britney spears. If you look at the zeitgeist ever it's clear that celebrities are frequently toward the top. Maybe I'll try to dig up some more info if I have a chance.
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2004-12-23, 13:07

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Originally Posted by bwhaler
I can't believe B isn't for Britney. One of the most frequent searches out there
Not just one of, it was the most popular search of the year.

http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist.html
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2004-12-23, 13:24

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Originally Posted by autodata
Not just one of, it was the most popular search of the year.

http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist.html
Gross, why not just search for syphilis?
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