My Personalized Google Instant Alphabet

Google Instant gives you suggestions as soon as you type a single letter. It's a bit distracting, and pretty annoying, and potentially extremely disruptive to search.

Mike Marshall and I were talking abou this at his Search Engine Academy this afternoon. After chatting for a while, we decided to start the Google Instant Alphabet project. 

Here's how it works: Enter the letter A, and see what listing comes up first. 

Here's my personalized alphabet (at least customized for geography):

  • Amazon
  • Best Buy
  • Craigslist
  • Durham Bulls
  • Ebay
  • Facebook
  • Gmail
  • Hotmail
  • Imdb
  • Justin Bieber
  • Kohls
  • Lowes
  • Mapquest
  • Netflix
  • Orbitz
  • Pandora
  • Quotes
  • REI
  • Skype
  • Target
  • USPS
  • Verizon
  • Walmart
  • Xbox
  • Youtube
  • Zappos

Justin Bieber? Really, Google?

Is yours similar? Identical? Do your own (it will take about 3 minutes), and post your Google Instant results to comments below. Together, we'll figure this thing out.

And maybe I'll become so famous that my name will eclipse Hotmail some day… ;)


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  1. #1 • jacques frydman said on September 28 2010:
     

    here are my results from Brazil with the local google engine:

    Amazon
    BBC
    Craigslist
    Dictionary
    Ebay
    Facebook
    Gmail
    Hotmail
    IKea
    John Lewis

    Kijiji
    Lowes
    MSN
    Next
    Orkut
    Pandora
    Quotes
    Rightmove
    Skype
    Target
    Utube
    Verizon
    Weather
    Xe
    Youtube
    Zara

  2. #2 • Howie Jacobson said on September 29 2010:
     

    Utube? Fascinating!

    Thanks for the submission, Jacques.

  3. #3 • Wiz Withers said on October 5 2010:
     

    Here's a list – from the Washington, DC area:
    Amazon
    Bank of America
    Craigslist
    DC Metro
    Ebay
    Facebook
    Gmail
    Hotmail
    Ikea
    Jet Blue
    Kings Dominion
    Lowes
    Mapquest
    Netflix
    Orbitz
    Pandora
    Quotes
    REI
    Sears
    Target
    USPS
    Verizon
    Weather
    Xbox
    Yahoo
    Zillow
     

  4. #4 • Alison Atkinson said on November 11 2010:
     

    Hi Howie – very interesting set of results below from London (UK):
    argos  (can't believe amazon was displaced!)
    bbc
    currys
    debenhams  (department store)
    ebay
    facebook
    google maps
    hotmail
    ikea
    john lewis   (department store)
    klm  (airline)
    lotto
    msn
    next  (fashion retailer)
    o2
    pc world
    quidco
    rightmove
    skype
    tesco
    utube
    vodafone
    weather
    xfactor
    youtube
    zara

     

 

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