Monday, December 06, 2010

The United States of Autocomplete

An intriguing map of the U.S. states as typed into Google.

Most of the states were lucky enough to score flattering autocompletes, with universities and sports teams being the most popular search suggestions. California Prop 19 was the most currently political, unless you include the New York Times. Hawaii Five-O was the coolest result while Vermont Country Store was the most charming.

There were of course a few embarrassments. Montana Fishburne, daughter of actor Laurence Fishburne, is a porn star. The Washington Post is based in Washington D.C., not Washington state. The Kansas City Chiefs play in Kansas City Missouri, not Kansas City Kansas. The Delaware Gap isn't in Delaware and Nevada Smiths is a popular New York bar. And although accurate, Illinois lottery is probably not what you want your state known for.

I remember this from BuzzFeed a couple months ago: Google auto-fill stereotypes.


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