What does Google’s autocomplete say about the 2012 U.S. presidential election?
Autocomplete suggestions occur when you begin typing out a search. According to Google, it’s “algorithm predicts and displays search queries based on other users’ search activities and the contents of web pages indexed by Google.”
So, I was curious. What are Google users routinely searching for when it comes to the candidates for president and vice president?
Here are screen grabs displaying the current suggestions:
Search details: These searches were done on August 16, 2012 at around 2:30PM PT. I used a “reset” Safari browser. I reset the browser before each search. I was not logged into Google. I did these searches from my office USC campus, in Los Angeles.
Guessing from the results, these suggestions change over time, reflecting the larger news of the moment.