Google autocomplete’s 15-step infinite loop starts and ends with love
While walking up the high street this morning, I suddenly wondered whether there was an infinite loop triggered by following autocomplete results in Google. The methodology would be thus.
- Type <Google> into Google and take a note of the first autocomplete suggestion.
- Type that extension into Google and see what that term’s first autocomplete suggestion was.
- Repeat step 2. until the loop was closed. I.e. the same term occurred twice.
If you type <Google> into Google, its first autocomplete suggestion is for <Google Maps>. Search for <maps> and you’re prompted with <Maps quest>. And so on. Below is the full set of results.
- google: google maps
- maps: maps quest
- quest: quest diagnostics
- diagnostics: diagnostics definition
- definition: definition of love
- love: love quotes
- quotes: quotes about life
- life: lifetime
- time: time warner cable
- warner cable: warner cable tv guide
- tv guide: tv guide listings
- listings: listings latex
- latex: latex symbols
- symbols: symbols for facebook
- facebook: facebook login
- login: login live
- live: live nation
- nation: national weather service
- weather service: weather service radar
- radar: radar love
- love: love quotes.
And here we loop back to step six.
(For the record, this post was autocompletely useless.)