Google autocomplete: The internet where you are

Google search's "autocomplete" function fills in the search box after the user types just a single character.

The search results - even those after entering just "a" or "b" - are influenced in large part by what other users in your geographic area are looking for, according to Mark Paskin, a software engineer on Google's search team.

And what users want in the US may not be what users want elsewhere - in Britain, Hong Kong or in any of the 178 other international domains served by Google.

In search of the A-to-Z of the internet, we checked what Google autocomplete recommends in Britain, the US, India, Hong Kong and Nigeria.

The results of our experiment show how differently people use the web across the world, and sheds some light on their interests.

Britain US India Hong Kong Nigeria

A

Argos store

Retailer

Amazon logo Airtel sign

Mobile, television and internet provider

Amazon logo Arsenal

Arsenal

B

BBC logo Bank of America sign

BSNL - Telephone company

Baidu logo

Chinese web services company

BBC logo

C

Currys

Electronics retailer

Yard sale

Craigslist, Listings site

India cricket

Cricinfo, Cricket news and statistics from US network ESPN

Cathay Pacific Chelsea footballer John Terry

Chelsea

D

Debenham's, retailer

Dictionary

Dictionary

DJMaza, Bollywood and Indian music site

Dictionary

Dictionary

Daily Trust, national newspaper based in Abuja, the Nigerian capital

E

ebay logo ebay logo ebay logo ebay logo

Etisalat Nigeria - Mobile phone company

F

Facebook Facebook Facebook Facebook Facebook

G

Google logo Google logo Gmail logo Gmail logo Google logo

H

Hotmail logo Hotmail logo Hotmail logo Hotmail logo Hotmail logo

I

Ikea sign IMDB logo Indian railway

IRCTC, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp

Ikea sign

Illuminati- First link is to the Wikipedia page of the same name

J

John Lewis

Retailer

JC Penny

Just Dial - Local search engine

Jobsdb - Job search site

JAMB - Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Nigerian university admissions system

K

Kizi - Online games

Kayak - Travel site

Keepvid - Streaming video downloader

KMB - Kowloon Motor Bus Co, bus line

KLM plane

L

Money bags

Lottery

Lowe's LinkedIn LinkedIn

Linda Ikeji - Nigerian news and gossip blogger

M

Map

Maps

Mapquest

mobile9 - Mobile phone app store

Hong Kong subway

MTR - Hong Kong's rail rapid transit line

MTN Nigeria - Mobile phone company

N

Next - Retailer

Netflix Nokia Jeremy Lin

NBA - US National Basketball Association

NNPC - Nigerian National Petroleum Corp

O

Olympic rings

Olympics

Olympic rings

Olympics

Orkut logo

Social networking site owned by Google

Rice

Openrice - Hong Kong restaurants guide

Opera Mini logo

Mobile web browser

P

Paypal Pinterest Indian railway

PNR status - Indian Railway portal

PPS - Online bill payment service

Punch - The Punch, a Nigerian newspaper

Q

Quidco - Cash and discount voucher site

Quotes

Quotes

qq - Portal for Tencent QQ, a chat service with more than 700m users accounts

Quickteller - Online bill payment service

R

House for sale

Rightmove - Real estate listings

RedBox

Film rentals

Rediffmail - News and search portal

RTHK - Radio Television Hong Kong

Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho

S

Sky logo

Satellite television network

Southwest planes

Songs.PK - MP3 downloads

Sina - Online media company

Skype logo

T

Tesco sign

Supermarket chain

Target on a trolley

Large retailer

Times of India - Newspaper

Taobao - E-commerce site

Twitter logo

Twitter

U

UK Top 40

United plane

UPSC - Indian civil service portal

UA Cinema - Cinema chain

Unilag - University of Lagos

V

Richard Branson

Virgin - Mobile phone, media and travel brand

Verizon wireless store Vodaphone sign

VeryCD - For-profit file sharing site

Vanguard - Vanguard News, Nigerian newspaper

W

Thunderstorm

Weather

Wal-Mart sign

Way2sms - SMS text messaging site

Baidu logo

www.baidu.com

Yahoo logo

www.yahoomail.com

X

Xbox logo Xbox logo Currency exchange

Xe - Currency exchange rates

Currency exchange

Xe

Currency exchange

Xe

Y

YouTube logo YouTube logo YouTube logo Yahoo logo Yahoo logo

Yahoo Mail

Z

Zara

Zara - Clothing retailer

House for sale Thinkstock

Zillow - Real estate listings

Zedge - Mobile phone ringtones and apps

Zara

Zara

Zenith Bank

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