A week or so ago, a fun little infographic about America, called the United States of Autocomplete, popped up. The theme was inputting each State into Google and seeing what the autocomplete came up with. I was curious what would happen with China, so I put each province into search to see what they’d bring up.
Not surprisingly, many of the less famous provinces only had “[name] university” or “[name] China” come on autocomplete – though their were some pretty hilarious finds too. It never hit me that Macau was the first five letters of the Home Alone star, Macaulay Culkin, until Google told me so. Others are just strange: who could be looking for a Chinese restaurant in Virginia so much that it actually dropped “shanghai expo” to second on the auto complete list?
Why didn’t I use Chinese names? Well, I tried. The Hong Kong Chinese version Google didn’t come up with much at all (nothing autocompleted unless it was super famous, like 北京) and the autocomplete for Baidu tended to be local outlets of China Mobile. Strange that.