Creating a Snapshot of the World With Google

Last week I published a blog about using Google for getting quick help with my English grammar. One of the readers recommended me a commercial program for that. Why would I pay for the software, if I could get the answer I need for free within 2 sec? Buying specialized software would make sense if I’d be just starting learning English. But in my case Google is all I need. Besides, I have a degree in applied math and trust the law of large numbers.

I’m sure Google has tons of non-traditional uses. Don’t forget that Google started from Larry Page’s attempts to rank Internet pages. He didn’t plan to create a search engine. So let’s think out of the box and come up with other unusual uses of Google.
Here’s what I can offer you today: let’s create today’s snapshot of your world with Google and the alphabet in your language. Here’s what you should do: just type each letter from your alphabet noting down each word that comes out first, second, and third. This is my result with the English alphabet:

A –, AOL, Apple
B – Best Buy, Bank of America, Blumingdales
C – Craigslist, Chase, CNN
D – Dictionary, Dominos, Delta
E – ESPN, eBay, Expedia
F – Facebook, fandango, Food Network
G – Google, Gmail, Google translate
H – Hotmail, Hulu, Home Depot
J – Jetblue, J.C.Penny, J. Crew
K – Kayak, Kohls, Kindle
L – LIRR, LinkedIn, Lord and Taylor
M – Mapquest, Macy’s, maps
N – Netflix, Nordstrom, nj transit
O – Old Navy,, occupy wall street
P – Pandora, pinterest, Paypal
R – Redbox, rate my professor, restoration hardware
S – Skype, Staples, Sears
T – Target, translate, Toys’R’Us
U – USPS, UPS, Urban Dictionary
V – Verizon, Victoria Secret, Verizon FIOS
X – Xbox, X Factor, Xbox Live
Y – Youtube, Yahoo, Yahoo mail
Z – Zappos, Zara, Zillow

Interesting, isn’t it? Who would have though that Craiglist is more popular than CNN… I’ve been running this experiment sitting at home in New Jersey, USA. This explains some location-related results like LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) or NJ Transit. So your mileage may vary even within the USA.

Google performs serious processing of their log files to create their picture of the world, and they have a lot of more brain and computer power than I do. But hey, don’t you want to play a statistician too? It’s better than killing time with Sudoku or Bud Light, isn’t it?

If you decide to repeat this experiment with your language alphabet, please post the comment here telling where did you run it from and copy/paste your results. Don’t you worry that the readers of my blog may not understand Italian or Greek – Google Translate will convert your result into whatever language they like, well, almost any language.


2 thoughts on “Creating a Snapshot of the World With Google

  1. Recently I found an interesting example of Google usage for cracking MD5 hashes.

    Sample service

    “Specifically, it googles the MD5 hash and hopes the plaintext appears somewhere on the first page of results. / It works way better than it ever should.”

  2. А – авито, авто ру, афиша спб
    Б – банк санкт-петербург, буквоед, бибика
    В – в контакте, википедия, вк
    Г – гугл, гисметео, гугл переводчик
    Д – девушка с татуировкой дракона, дом книги, дом кино
    Е – единый центр документов, евросеть, евразия
    Ё – ёлки 2, ё мобиль, ёлка
    Ж – жж, жд билеты, жди меня
    З – зайцев нет, зенит, знаки зодиака
    И – игры, икеа, интерзет
    Й – йога, йота, йога спб
    К – контакт, кинопоиск, карта
    Л – лента, литлван, лучшие фильмы
    М – маил, мегафон, мтс
    Н – новости, навальный, нтв
    О – орт, одноклассники, онлайн переводчик
    П – переводчик, погода, программа передач
    Р – рамблер, ржд, рик
    С – санрайз, сбербанк, сонник
    Т – телепрограмма, теле2, твиттер
    У – уфмс, универ, улыбка радуги
    Ф – фонтанка, фильмы, фотошоп
    Х – художественный, хеликс, художественный спб
    Ц – цитаты, цдс, центробувь
    Ч – чемпионат, чип и дип, чатрулет
    Ш – шерлок, шерлок холмс, шанс
    Щ – щелкунчик, щитовидная железа, щи
    Ъ – ъъ, ъъъ, ъжслое
    Ы – s7, slando, sony
    Ь – ьфшд, mts, maps
    Э – эхо москвы, эльдорадо, эрмитаж
    Ю – юлмарт, ютюб, юит дом
    Я – яндекс, яндекс карты, яндекс маркет

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