Patterns in Google’s Autocomplete

Next time you search Google watch the suggested searches that pop up – especially those for the first letter you enter. Host Advice has analyzed the autocompletes and created an alphabet according to Google. The letter A, as an example, is surely going to show Amazon first – likely worldwide; and there is a pretty good chance that E will be eBay.

The Phonetic Alphabet according to Google – 2015 by Eliran Ouzan, Host Advice (Jan 25)

There will be some variations depending on where you live. In Toronto, C is for Canadian Tire. These auto completes are influenced by current local search activity – how else would J be for Jian Ghomeshi? ut this will pass, and J might change to Joe Fresh, at least in Canada. Anyway – fun to watch.

Oh Yum

DuckDuckGo, a meta search engine that seeks results from best sources, has partnered with Yummly, a semantically smart search engine for food recipes. What a fusion!

Yummly Partners With DuckDuckGo To Serve Up Recipes For The Growing Search Engine, Amy Gesenhues, Search Engine Land (Jun 11)

Images from Yummly on recipe search at DuckDuckGo

Search at DuckDuckGo for recipes showing the Yummly banner

“By working with Yummly we are delivering the most useful and visually stunning recipe search experience out there. Yummly’s technology understands recipe search queries and we’ve worked together to create a great recipe instant answers experience,” said Gabriel Weinberg, founder and CEO at DuckDuckGo. [From the Yummly announcement ]

For Foodies

There are hundreds of excellent websites for people who enjoy cooking and eating. Sometimes choice comes down to recommendations from others. This list came from students in my last Mastering Web Searching course.

asparagus is a favourite – available also in French at Allrecipes is likely the “world’s largest food website”, and provides many ways for exploring recipes, searching by ingredients, and creating menus. Kate wrote, “great selection and categorization of recipes, search functions well, videos are fun to watch, and flexibility of printing/saving recipes”.

SmittenKitchen blog is done by Deb Perelman who does her cooking in 42 square feet. She cooks for husband and child – which may explain the long list of cookies and all things chocolate. Amy recommended the Pear and Hazelnut muffins.

Bread lovers will like Tony’s recommendation –  The Fresh Loaf, “a community for artisan bakers and bread enthusiasts”.

Eat Your Books  is a make-your-own library of  books, magazines, blogs, and other recipes. Liz described it as AMAZING. “They have indexed the most popular cookbooks, cooking magazines, and cooking blogs for a one-stop shop search.”   Good way for staying up-to-date with new books and magazines.

For searching for recipes I’ve liked Foodly. It searches across recipe sites as a metasearcher, showing lots of pictures, and with good filters. Members can add recipes to to their accounts.

One of my most used sites is the recipe search at  LCBO Food and Drink – an excellent magazine from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. It’s easier to use the website than flip through the print magazine. And another excellent food specialty site is from PCC Natural Markets, an organic grocery store chain in Seattle Wa.

Maps of England and Wales from the 1840s to the 1950s.

For history buffs of England and Wales – brought to you by National Library of Scotland.

Reference: The National Library of Scotland Now Offers Free Online Access to Historic Maps Covering all of England and Wales, Gary Price, infodocket (Mar 25)

Get the Ordnance Survey Maps at

Ordnance Survey Map – Matlock Bridge. From National Library of Scotland

Knowledge Graph through Google Glass

Anyone tried Google Glass – the wearable computer that fits into frames of eye glasses? Wikipedia has this image and definition.

Google Glass Explorer

Google Glass Explorer

Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project, with a mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format, that can communicate with the Internet via natural language voice commands.

Now, Google Knowledge Graph cards appear to help in identifying places, buildings, etc.

The Incredible Impact of Knowledge Graph Cards on Google Glass Search Results [Research] by Glenn Gabe, Glass Almanac (Mar 27)

Several screenshots show the types of information cards that can popup when wearing the Google Glass frames for informational and navigational queries.

And there’s one important finding that’s been hard to overlook, pun intended. When performing informational queries, the Knowledge Graph has often taken over the search results on Glass. And when it does, it can take up multiple cards and swipes. And if more and more people begin using wearables that run Android (like Glass, smartwatches, etc.), then the Knowledge Graph is going to be a beast to deal with.

Info junkies will go wild over this. Get more show and tell from Google Glass itself.