Autocomplete This: Guess What Everyone’s Googling

Google search’s autocomplete suggestions offer strange and wonderful glimpses into what the rest of the world wants to know. It’s trying to help us by guessing what we’re after, but we’re left with a giddy voyeuristic thrill wondering “Who is asking this and why?” Now there’s a game based on those autocomplete oddities. [official site] is a free browser game which starts asking Google incomplete questions then shows you five of the top ten autocomplete results – can you guess which is #1? It’s a big of a giggle, yeah?, which is amazingly also the game’s domain name, is the work of Lemon and Montrith. You might remember Lemon’s game about guessing which weird-ass WikiHow articles illustrations have come from, which Adam giggled at a couple of months ago.

Mostly I’ve learned from playing that people are curious about obscure vegetables, shelving, juicy medical problems, and basic sex education. Surprisingly, the sexy option is rarely the top autocomplete result. Also, for the first time I’m explicitly aware that “split screen” and “sperm” begin with the same two characters.

Okay, sometimes it is the sexy option.

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  1. Wulfram says:

    Is it wrong…
    to sleep with your sister

    Damn it, are the Lannisters using Google now?

    • Wulfram says:

      Though the top answer for “are gamers” was “smarter”, which suggests it was gamers themselves who were googling it.

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      DelrueOfDetroit says:

      I would really be curious to know how incest became the hot new sexyness.

    • brucethemoose says:

      There was a “ruin my search history” site that made it to the front page of Reddit and some other sites today.

      Among “flights to Syria”, “undetectable poisons” and other humorous things designed to get you on watchlists, I think incest was in a few of the searches.

  2. bobbyk says:

    What’s more interesting is that Google has manipulated their auto-fill when you search for Hilary Clinton. All the other search engines (Yahoo, Bing) have consistent search terms about what people are really looking for. But Google has eliminated controversial subjects from her auto-fill. Verified by SourceFed

    link to

    • Don Reba says:

      No, that’s much less interesting.

    • jomurph86 says:

      And here’s a rebuttal: link to

      Source: The Internet

      So it’s totally true.

    • Zaideros says:

      jomurph86’s link is correct.

      As it shows “donald trump l(-awsuit)” is similarly something that is not suggested by google. As for cri-mes, see also the hilarious: “bernie madoff cri(-cket)”.

      Google has a general policy of not suggesting possibly defamatory information. If anything, it is at best guilty of using too broad a brush (though “hillary indictment” is the first suggestion. Perhaps it is the firstname lastname combo that tends to trigger the anti-defamation mechanics).

      This policy exists for good reason (e.g. person charged with crime but later proven innocent still linked to the crime in search results) and frankly if we’re going to accuse it of partisan bias while cherry-picking suggestion lists, let’s at least test all the major politicians with ongoing controversy.

      • Mags says:

        Oh pipe down with your being reasonable, this is the internet. It must be a shady conspiracy. Obviously.

    • gunny1993 says:

      Whaaaaat A massive company in America is manipulating people’s opinions using their power and money? Aww gee that’s totally unusually and not at all expected.

  3. anHorse says:

    Was laughing at “are rocks alive” but the next one was “do vaccines cause autism” and I got sad again :(

    • Monggerel says:

      Vaccines don’t cause autism, but I can confirm that rocks cause brain dmage.

  4. Don Reba says:

    5 perfect
    4 great
    2 okay
    4 bad
    5 failure

    Looks like a perfect Gaussian distribution.

    • Xocrates says:

      8 perfect
      8 great
      8 okay
      8 bad
      3 failure

      I feel like I should have failed more.

  5. Crossbit says:

    “is the internet working”

    • LionsPhil says:

      Bear in mind all the modern browsers let you search straight from the address bar. Not entirely crazy.

      I usually just go with “foo”, but any dummy string will do, and it tests way more of the stack (and the actual thing you care about) vs. e.g. ping.

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    liquidsoap89 says:

    “Do you think animal farm will be a utopia”

  7. E_FD says:

    Well, that sure was one hilarious, depressing, and horrifying look into the human psyche.

  8. Hmm-Hmm. says:

    Some interesting top searches:

    Why liberals are stupid
    Is my house haunted
    Can I marry myself
    Is the internet working

  9. SuicideKing says:

    I wonder how much search result localisation plays a part, though?

    When I type “what’s j” my first result is “what’s joke” and the second is “what’s jnu issue” – JNU being a university in Delhi.

    • HopeHubris says:

      I get:
      What’s jelly made of
      What’s juxtaposition
      What’s jail like in Australia
      What’s Jupiter made of

      • LionsPhil says:

        I just get:
        what’s jeff goldblum doing in my house
        what’s jeff goldblum’s true form
        what’s jeff goldblum going to do with that
        what’s jeff goldblum’s killphrase