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The United States of Autocomplete

By Chuck Sudo in Miscellaneous on Dec 9, 2010 7:20PM


We don't know how many of our fellow iPhone users have complained about the phone's "autocomplete" feature, where the damn thing predicts the next word you want to type. It's led to a staggering amount of embarrassing texts, tweets and e-mails, when all we need to do to rid ourselves of the headache is to disable the feature. Google and your web browser of choice also carry this feature, resulting in searches you didn't want.

Website Very Small Array cached these Google autocompletes for a 25-minute stretch last week and mapped them. As searches go, we could do worse than "lottery" for Illinois. But you can't win if you don't play.