Dogpile Users Are Trying to Escape from the County Jail to Play Piano for Santa

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The New York Times‘ Bits Blog has a neat post in which they run through Google suggested search and see what the first suggested results are for each letter of the alphabet. So: A is Amazon, B is Best Buy, C is Craigslist, D is Dictionary.com, et cetera. Bits expresses surprise that Hotmail nabbed the H, but: nothing too surprising.

We thought: why not run the same experiment on an obscurer, lower-volume search engine and see what happens. For whatever reason, we picked metasearch engine Dogpile. The results were pretty random. A was still Amazon, but: the top result for B was “bath body works coupons.” C was “county jail inmate search.” It got even stranger from there:

A: Amazon

B: bath body works coupons

C: county jail inmate search

D: download microsoft word

E: ebay

F: face book login (#2: “funny christmas poems”)

G: google

H: horoscope

I: inmate search

J: jail inmate

K: kohls

L: leo

M: mapquest (#2: “miley cyrus dress up game”)

N: new moon

O: office christmas party games

P: piano sheet music

Q: quotes life

R: resume objectives sample

S: song search by lyrics

T: track down santa claus

U: unemployment claim filing

V: virgo

W: walmart

X: THERE IS NO X

Y: youtube

Z: zip code directory

(h/t Bits for the idea; image via rustybrick’s Flickr)


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