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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Google: An A to Z of search results


Google now handles more than three billion searches a day.

The vast majority are for complete words or phrases. But premature pushes of the enter key mean many end up being for single letters too.

Most of us simply go back and try again.

But some of those unique-character searches throw up intriguing results and serve as a snapshot of popular culture.

So, we went for a run round the alphabet to see who or what the search giant associates with each letter.

The results were sourced from queries made via an anonymous Google UK Search, ignoring ads, recent news stories and dictionary/wiki-based results.

They were carried out via a browser cleaned of cookies and other tracking data.

Your own personalised results may differ, and the ever-evolving nature of the web means some may have changed in the period between writing and publication.

Ali-A - YouTube channel
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More than 14 million people follow the British video-maker's YouTube channel, in which he shows off his gaming skills.

The popularity of his Call of Duty videos led to him being awarded several Guinness World Records in 2015, but these days you're more likely to find him blasting and dancing his way through Fortnite.

B - a smart digital banking service
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Clydesdale Bank's app makes the most of its compact name, beating BBC iPlayer into second place in the UK.

But the same search in much of the rest of the world yields the B Corporation's impact assessment test. The non-profit organisation measures how socially and environmentally responsible other organisations are, and awards them a certificate if they get a high enough score.

C - the programming language
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This guide to the four decade-old coding language comes courtesy of the GeeksforGeeks website.

It's the place to go if you want to learn the difference between function prototypes and _Noreturn function specifiers.

D - another programming language
Wired magazine described D as the "next big programming language you've never heard of" four years ago.

It's probably safe to say most of you remain untroubled by its existence.

But a recent survey indicated that it's currently the 23rd most commonly-used type of code. And some big-name firms are listed among its users including Facebook, Netflix and eBay.

E! News
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NBCUniversal's celebrity-obsessed news service trumps eBay for the top spot in the UK and most of the world.

But Google's Estonian search results are an exception.

There the country's native e-Estonia portal takes precedence, inviting locals and foreigners alike to sign up for a government-issued e-residency ID.

Facebook
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Inevitably, the people-connecting and sometimes data-leaking social network tops the list.

Bearing in mind that the only countries the platform is currently banned in - China, Iran and North Korea - are also ones without a local Google Search, its dominance of the letter F is complete.

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