Monday, December 13, 2004

Google Alphabet

Google is trying out a new search aid called "Google Suggest." As you type your search term, the program opens a list of possibilities. Try it by typing lib and then pausing. Google responds by offering Library of Congress as the first possibility. The list of suggestions is based on Google's ranking of the terms based on its relevance ranking algorithms.

Here's what Google says about it: "This new web search service suggests queries as a user types what he or she is looking for into the search box. By offering more refined searches up front, Google Suggest can make searching more convenient and efficient, because it eliminates the need to type the entire text of a query. In addition, the service can connect users with new query suggestions that are useful, intriguing, and fun." (source)

Google Suggest lends itself to the creation of a "Google Aphabet" made up of the top ranked suggestions for each letter of the alphabet. There are sites that give this list and one, by Patrick Gaskill, that constantly updates as Google ranking is updated. Here it is Suggested Google Alphabet
A fully automated look at the most popular search keyword for each letter of the alphabet

After reading about the exposed Google Suggest URL over at InsideGoogle and seeing the ABCs of Google posted by Hatta on Slashdot, I decided to automate the process. Each time you load this page, it checks the most popular keyword for each letter of the alphabet given by Google Suggest, and displays them here for your viewing pleasure.

A amazon
B best buy
C cnn
D dictionary
E ebay
F firefox
G games
H hotmail
I ikea
J jokes
K kazaa
L lyrics
M mapquest
N news
O online dictionary
P paris hilton
Q quotes
R recipes
S spybot
T tara reid
U ups
V verizon
W weather
X xbox
Y yahoo
Z zip codes

©2004 Patrick Gaskill. Your opinions go to comments. (at sign). patrickgaskill. (period). com.

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