Google Digraphs: where Do These Come From

For some Google Instant fun, I decided to try all 26 two-letter combinations beginning with A. Most of the results were obvious, but a few were very surprising. You milage may varym since these results are affected by location and, maybe, history. Here’s the first listing for each digraph:

Ac–A.C. Moore (craft store)
Af–AFI (American Film Institute)
Ag–AGAME (online gaming)
Ah–AHL (ticker symbol of Aspen Insurance Holdings)
Aj–Ajax (Wikipedia entry)
Ak–Army Knowledge Online
Al–Al Gore (Wikipedia entry)
Ar–Area codes (www.bennetyee,org)
Au–Audi of America
Av–Avis Car Rental
Ax–AXE (
Az–Aziz Ansari (New York Magazine article)

Some of these are just complete mysteries. I did appreciate American Film Institute, a personal favorite although not something that I am likely to search for. Any thoughts on the algorithm that might produce them. These results also suggest that Google Instant might not prove to be very practical once the novelty wears off. Much of the time, it is just flooding your eyeballs with useless information, and likely as not, I find myself picking a search term form the Google Suggest picklist.

4 Responses to “Google Digraphs: where Do These Come From”

  1. Gary Arlen Says:

    What’s the political significance that APPLE is the AP preference… fence mending or just geek-speak? If so, nicely lined up in the geek ghetto sequence with Amazon, Android (wow… what a surprise) and AOL. Glad to know you’re an AFI fan too. Let’s see a movie .. oops, no movie titles on your digraphics list… NOT even AVatar …..

    • swildstrom Says:

      I assume these are done by algorithm, since I can;t imagine a human being coming up with this list. So I don;t think there’s any significance to any of it.

    • wmcintire Says:

      I would add to what Steve says by saying that it’s probably an algorithm that mixes the most popular searches with who is paying Google money to have their searches pop up higher. Nothing of great value is free on the internet, no matter how it appears. Everybody’s making their money somewhere.

      • swildstrom Says:

        Google has always been good about clearly identifying paid results and, as on old-fashioned Google searches, paid results come up on instant pages at the top, marked as such. Some of the instant search results (e.g., Amazon) come up with sponsored links, others (e.g., ABC) do not.

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