Google Thinks That Photographers Are Not Terrorists (And That They Should Not Use Groupon)

Oct 25, 2013

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Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Google Thinks That Photographers Are Not Terrorists (And That They Should Not Use Groupon)

Oct 25, 2013

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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When it comes to the question what interests the world, there is no better place to ask than Google. As the main internet hub which holds about 67% of the searches done worldwide, they know what’s on our minds.

Google Thinks That Photographers Are Not Paying Taxes (And That They Should Not Use Groupon)

Google uses this information to autocomplete any search query to what they think the world is interested in. This is how Google describes the service: “The search queries that you see as part of autocomplete are a reflection of the search activity of all web users and the content of web pages indexed by Google“.

The UN Women recently kicked a brilliant campaign showing how biased or even discriminating those algorithms may be against women, when Google autocompleted queries like “women should” with phrases like “stay at home” and be slaves.

I thought it would be interesting to try this concept on photographers and see what Google (and by extension the world) thinks on what photographers. If you made an interesting autocomplete for photographers leave it in the comments.

I tried 4 phrases and here are the results I got. Now, I used an incognito window for the queries, but results may change depending on factors like Geo-location, browser, and more. Let me know if you get anything different/interesting.

Photographers are not

Google Thinks That Photographers Are Not Paying Taxes (And That They Should Not Use Groupon)

Photographers should not

Google Thinks That Photographers Are Not Paying Taxes (And That They Should Not Use Groupon)

Photographers should

Google Thinks That Photographers Are Not Paying Taxes (And That They Should Not Use Groupon)

And Can photographers

Google Thinks That Photographers Are Not Paying Taxes (And That They Should Not Use Groupon)

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3 responses to “Google Thinks That Photographers Are Not Terrorists (And That They Should Not Use Groupon)”

  1. DafOwen Avatar
    DafOwen

    The – not a terrorist – one is likely due to this campaign started in the UK
    http://photographernotaterrorist.org/

  2. aj Avatar
    aj

    Try “photographers are” (without the quotes, obviously, and without a space after are if you want to see the full horror.

    “Women are” was marginally less disturbing than I feared but there are certainly some freaks out there in the wilds of the web.

  3. AlexisZ Avatar
    AlexisZ

    In Middlesex, NJ, these were my results.