February’s ABCs of Search is almost identical to January’s. There were only two changes; one that is certainly topical, and one that may be economy-driven.
Regular readers know that we use a generic computer running Windows and using Google.com without signing into an account. We note what Google recommends based on a single letter, and recently, also note which person is offered as the first choice when only a first name is entered.
The unsurprising change was in “J”, which has been inhabited by John McCain, Jennifer Hudson and, now, JC Penney. The more surprising switch is Wikipedia being ousted by Walmart. Could that be because the economy is driving more shoppers to the big box store? If not, is it a sign of Google’s increasing focus on the Knol product the advertising company rolled out in 2008?
January 2009’s Google Prompts By Letter
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Your January 2009 Google Names are below. There are always surprises here. American Idol runnerup David Archuleta is prompted for David instead of winner David Cook. Howard Hughes and Helen Keller continue to show first decades after their deaths. Meanwhile, TV stars on hit shows (House’s Lisa Edelstein) or movies (Twilight’s Robert Pattinson) command their respective names.
Letters are more fun and perhaps more suggestive of society since 10 of the 26 letters are represented by a store, but the names are fun too. Stay strong, Diane Lane!
Frances Bean Cobain
Oscar de la Hoya
What Your Online Marketing Agency Should Be Telling You About Today
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