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Google Autocomplete Embarrasses Us (and Our States) Again
The Wire (What Matters Now) ^ | JAN 26, 2014 12:52PM ET | ADAM CHANDLER

Posted on 01/27/2014 3:03:59 PM PST by onyx




Google's Autocomplete function remains a steady source of chuckles, disappointments, and unintentional insights.

Case in point:

pic.twitter.com/2kz40lBCOJ — Elle Reeve (@elspethrb) January 26, 2014

While by no means always a source of goodwill, Google Autocomplete also reminds us of what we—the royal Googling "we"— wish to know about the world around us. Take, for instance, our curiosities about the 2012 presidential candidates.

The same principle when applied to each American state yields a mosaic of obvious caricature and unexpected intrigue. This weekend, Amazing Maps released a recent map of the top Google Autocomplete query for each American state.

The formulation was: "Why is [state] so..." The results were...dazzling.

(Excerpt) Read more at thewire.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Reference
KEYWORDS: google

1 posted on 01/27/2014 3:03:59 PM PST by onyx
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To: onyx

Awesome!


2 posted on 01/27/2014 3:05:49 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: onyx

Wait - North Dakota is cold? Who knew?


3 posted on 01/27/2014 3:07:02 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: onyx

The problem is not being able to turn it off, I don’t use auto complete.


4 posted on 01/27/2014 3:08:21 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: onyx

I didnt get the same results ,,

Why is Georgia Secretly Giving Student Test Scores to Military ...

Why is Georgia a Red State? - Ron Paul Forums

Why is Georgia shaming fat children? - Salon.com

Why is Georgia’s gas MORE expensive?? - Georgia Forum ...


5 posted on 01/27/2014 3:09:20 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: Billthedrill

LOLOL. Right.

Louisiana and Georgia might be a little maaad.


6 posted on 01/27/2014 3:09:26 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

This was more fun:

“why is obama so”

The results were interesting!


7 posted on 01/27/2014 3:14:51 PM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: onyx

Pretty strange. I tried googling some of the states, and they give four or five completions in descending order. Most of them are equally amusing.

Vermont is white, liberal, cold, healthy, and awesome. Oddly enough, if you google it again, you may get slightly different results. Like “Why is Vermont service center so slow?”


8 posted on 01/27/2014 3:17:27 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: I want the USA back

I get why is Obama so. . . .

arrogant, bad, evil, hated, and stupid? I wonder whether a lib would get similar results?


9 posted on 01/27/2014 3:18:34 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

Why is Nancy Pelosi. . . .

so stupid, bad, still in office, bad, not excommunicated?


10 posted on 01/27/2014 3:21:27 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

San francisco


11 posted on 01/27/2014 3:29:58 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: onyx
New Hampshire expensive? It's one of the least heavily taxed states in the nation...no income tax *or* sales tax.
12 posted on 01/27/2014 3:32:17 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: onyx

I take that as a compliment but I’m sure it’s not intended.


13 posted on 01/27/2014 3:35:26 PM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: I want the USA back

arrogant, bad, evil, hated

Ha.


14 posted on 01/27/2014 3:35:26 PM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: Gay State Conservative

The real estate taxes are high, though.


15 posted on 01/27/2014 3:36:55 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: morphing libertarian

San Francisco. . . .

Cold, expensive, foggy, gay, and liberal.


16 posted on 01/27/2014 3:41:03 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

And Nancy p


17 posted on 01/27/2014 3:41:30 PM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: I want the USA back

I like that!

Colorado soon to be replaced by “Stoned” I reckon...


18 posted on 01/27/2014 3:43:09 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: onyx

Too bad these people don’t understand that Google’s autocomplete and search results are tailored for the person making the requests. This is often termed a filter bubble. http://dontbubble.us/


19 posted on 01/27/2014 3:48:40 PM PST by yevgenie
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To: trisham
Just checked "taxfoudation.org" an excellent source of info on taxation in the US.According to them Massachusetts,in 2010,collected $1,986 per capita in property taxes,making it the 8th highest while NH collected $2,463 per capita,making it the 4th highest.Not a particularly big difference.Add in The Gay State's *other* taxes/fees/tolls,etc and NH looks pretty damn good.

But NH appears to be trending Maoist (you can't take in all the refugees from Communist states and remain unaffected) so it seems likely to me that they'll have an income and/or sales tax sooner rather than later.

20 posted on 01/27/2014 3:56:49 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I didn’t mean to imply that New Hampshire isn’t a wonderful state, what I meant was that New Hampshire, while not having a sales and income tax, still manages to accrue substantial taxes through real estate.

I love New Hampshire, but it isn’t perfect, and has changed very much in the last 20 to 30 years or so.


21 posted on 01/27/2014 4:06:51 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

And you can smell the liberals in MA from there.


22 posted on 01/27/2014 4:08:18 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: onyx

When I googled Massachusetts, it came up as windy.


23 posted on 01/27/2014 4:10:07 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: onyx

“Why are Californians ...” comes up with: so weird, so rude, so fake, so liberal.


24 posted on 01/27/2014 4:16:24 PM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: onyx

“Hillary Clinton is a ...” comes up with: a man, an idiot, awesome, a communist, a dyke.


25 posted on 01/27/2014 4:18:47 PM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: onyx; fatima; Fresh Wind; st.eqed; xsmommy; House Atreides; Nowhere Man; South Hawthorne; PaulZe; ..
PA Ping!

If you see posts of interest to Pennsylvanians, please ping me.

Thanks!

Reportedly haunted locations in Pennsylvania

26 posted on 01/27/2014 4:22:28 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: P.O.E.
Why is Pennsylvania so haunted?

(The Atlantic)

27 posted on 01/27/2014 4:23:55 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: onyx

Google is an enemy enabler. BING it instead.


28 posted on 01/28/2014 10:56:05 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

Actually, I hate both.


29 posted on 01/28/2014 11:13:58 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx
Actually, I hate both.

Is there another that you prefer?

30 posted on 01/28/2014 11:30:05 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

How about startpage?


31 posted on 01/28/2014 11:30:38 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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