The U.S map gets trendy with Google autocomplete

Here is something fun your weekend enjoyment. Spotted by Gizmodo, the folks at Very Small Array generated a map of the United States and substituted state names with their Google autocomplete results. The results give some insight into the trends and topics that Google's search algorithm associates with the different U.S. states. Some are fun, some are pitiful, and some are downright crazy. 

Take for example, the poor islands of Hawaii, which are still associated with Hawaii Five-O. Yes, the popular 70's show has been re-cast and is now airing on CBS, but I am willing to bet Hawaiians would rather be known for their killer waves and not a fictional crime drama. Montana also has the unfortunate association with Montana Fisburne, an American pornographic star also known as Chippie D.

Some of the associations, like Massachusetts Bay Colony, Oregon Trail, and Louisiana Purchase, are historic. Others, like Kentucky Fired Fried Chicken, are a no-brainer; while Illinois Lottery leaves us wondering. Mostly, though, we see that we are obsessed with sports and universities and I am willing to bet those two terms are intertwined with folks looking for sports by typing in the university's name. 

The results were generated on December 3rd, 2010 between 5:45 and 6:10PM, so your mileage may vary if you try to duplicate this map right now. Too bad the folks did not query Bing at the same time as it would have been interesting to see the differences, if any, between the two search engines. Anyone with some spare time want to give it a whirl and see what you come up with?

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sexypeperodri said,
Kentucky Fired Chicken?
Poor chicken was another victim of unemployment.

Corris said,
Was probably a fowl place to work at anyway.

Shiranui said,
When grilled as to why said chicken was dismissed, they gave a rather poultry excuse.

Tanshin said,
I just popped CT into Bing and came up with Connecticut Lottery, with the Post as second.

That was just a suggestion.

curme said,
That was just a suggestion.

Yeah, but Bing doesn't have autocomplete. And autocomplete probably just goes by the first suggestion anyways.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
I feel like doing one of these for Canada

Let's see the results shall we?

British Columbia Institute of Technology
Alberta Health Services
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Manitoba Moose
Ontario Place
Quebec City
New Brunswick Election
Nova Scotia Power
Prince Edward Island Tourism
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

... nothing that interesting.

All of the college and football based results are probably a product of the timeframe they used. Friday evenings this time of year would be a prime time for people to be doing Google searches for the game schedules for the weekend.

roadwarrior said,
All of the college and football based results are probably a product of the timeframe they used. Friday evenings this time of year would be a prime time for people to be doing Google searches for the game schedules for the weekend.

yeah but from what I can tell only like 3 of those teams actually played a game this weekend.

Just did this for Australia (we have 6 states, and two mainland Territories). The name of the state is UPPERCASE whilst the rest of the autocomplete result is lowercase

Firstly, Google
NEW SOUTH WALES police
QUEENSLAND australia
VICTORIA secret
SOUTH AUSTRALIA jobs
WESTERN AUSTRALIA police
TASMANIAn devil
NORTHERN TERRITORY news
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Yes, our nation's capital, similar to Washington DC, yielded NO autocomplete results on google.

Now, Bing
NEW SOUTH WALES government
QUEENSLAND transport
VICTORIA university (doesn't exist)
SOUTH AUSTRALIA tourism
WESTERN AUSTRALIA lotto results
TASMANIA map
NORTHERN TERRITORY news
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY government

Shiranui said,
Go on, show us your map of Tasmania!

Not much is known about Tasmania other than sick experiments are done to humans there haha

ccoltmanm said,
Why does this article have Microsoft as a tag? Bing is mentioned only in passing.

Hmm, I set Google as a tag, but it did not show up. I am not an official editor here yet so I am still learning the ropes.

ccoltmanm said,
Why does this article have Microsoft as a tag? Bing is mentioned only in passing.
What's more interesting is why "M" comes before "G"

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