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This week I had cause to look-up The Lumberjack Song on YouTube.

I found that it only took "lum" - just 3 characters - to get a link to exactly what I wanted (out of the entire content on the site). I wasn't that surprised, but 3 is few.
(You can get ZZ-Top with one "z")

Would some people please try thinking of something and seeing how many characters it takes?
*I don't mean popping one letter in and picking something, I'm after a measure of how well the internet serves us-up what we want.

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KentsOkay (author)2010-12-08

On youtube:
Teenage Dirtbag (Teenage Dream really dominated this search)
Ramble On Led Zeppelin
Thunderstruck
M1_Garand
General Lee
Dream On Neil Patrick Harris
DOA Foo Fighters
Halestorm
The Misfits

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KentsOkay (author)lemonie2010-12-10

Been in trouble with the law since they day the was born...

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Kiteman (author)2010-12-07

Kiteman
Lemonie
Disney
Hippopotamus
Tired
Good night.

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lemonie (author)Kiteman2010-12-08

Disney is interesting, but so is "hippo-" thanks

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Kiteman (author)lemonie2010-12-08

I don't think many people search for Greece, or Franc...

Germany faired better, though, and England was even better.

(NB Using google.co.uk)


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lemonie (author)Kiteman2010-12-09


England at 2, that seems like what this clever-stuff should be doing.

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Kiteman (author)Kiteman2010-12-08

(I'm sure France had an "e" on when I typed it...)

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NachoMahma (author)2010-12-07

immigrant song
dude looks like a lady
last train to clarksville
i wish i was your mother
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rory gallagher
five man electrical band
cream
dean friedman

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lemonie (author)NachoMahma2010-12-08

Cream is a good one, makes me wonder if there are a lot of peeps typing 3 characters and thinking WTF?

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kelseymh (author)NachoMahma2010-12-07

Are those Google results, or specifically YouTube?

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caitlinsdad (author)2010-12-07

Instructables takes INSTR to come up on google and yahoo.

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lemonie (author)caitlinsdad2010-12-07


Considering the letters that's quite good thanks.

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kelseymh (author)2010-12-07

Thyristor (to take a recent example :-) requires five characters, and even then, the next three options are all "thyroid" (i.e., assuming a misspelling).

Not that this isn't "the Internet" per se. I'm referring to Google's "auto completion" algorithm, which depends on both the dictionary of what content is being searched as well as the database of what searches have been conducted previously. Wikipedia, for example, will give different distributions because they have different content than Google.

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lemonie (author)kelseymh2010-12-07

Hmm, I guess few people use search-terms that begin with thyr- (unless it is thyroid)?
Interesting, thanks.

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