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The Google Alphabet

Posted by Jim | March 14, 2010 | 3 Comments


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I love Google’s search suggestion feature. After typing just a few letters into the search box, Google seems to know exactly what I’m looking for. There can be some pretty funny Google suggest results, but for the most part, the boys and girls in Mountain View know what they’re doing. For fun, I wanted to see what the top suggestion was for each individual letter of the alphabet. The results give us a completely unscientific look at how people are currently using search, and the internet in general.

I present, The Google Alphabet:

A is for Amazon

B is for Best Buy

C is for Craigslist

D is for dictionary

E is for eBay

F is for Facebook

G is for Gmail

H is for Hotmail

I is for IMDb

J is for JetBlue

K is for Kohl’s

L is for Lowe’s

M is for MySpace

N is for Netflix

O is for Office Depot

P is for Pandora

Q is for quotes (top search result is BrainyQuote)

R is for Realtor

S is for Southwest Airlines

T is for Target

U is for USPS

V is for Verizon Wireless

W is for Walmart

X is for Xbox 360

Y is for YouTube

Z is for Zillow

A few observations:

  • No Apple, Twitter, Wikipedia, Yahoo – Notable companies missing from the list include some of the biggest names in the tech world. Also kind of surprising is the lack of many of the companies normally associated with big advertising budgets such as McDonald’s, various car companies and individual food or beverage brands.
  • No adult content – Given that the adult industry has been something of  a pioneer in providing content for the internet, this is a little surprising. So what are people using the internet, or at least searching, for? Shopping, communicating and researching.
  • Discounters are popular – Not a surprise given the economy, but the list includes retailers on the lower end of the price scale (Walmart, Target, Kohl’s), sites that offer less-than-retail prices (Craigslist, eBay) and smaller, discount airlines (JetBlue, Southwest).

What observations can you make about The Google Alphabet? Which of the letters do you think will change first?

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3 Responses to “The Google Alphabet”

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