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08 December 2012

Google Poetics

Are you a fan of serendipity?  Do you trust fate? Do you like playing with words, and language in general? Do you have a bit of time to invest in a project?
If the answers are "yes",  then you might enjoy a site called  Google Poetics.

This is a website/blog curated by Sampsa Nuotio and Raisa Omaheimo, not by Google itself.  It uses the auto-complete function of Google search pages to suggest phrases to you.  You play with several phrases, and then, if you like your creation, take a screen shot and send it to the blog for inclusion in the month's collection.
"Google Poetics is born when Google autocomplete suggestions are viewed as poems.
Google’s algorithm offers searches after just a few keystrokes when typing in the search box, in an attempt to predict what the user wants to type. The combination of these suggestions can be funny, absurd, dadaistic - and sometimes even deeply moving..."
(link)

On the HowTo page, they write:
"Google autocomplete suggestions differ greatly between local Google versions (google.com, google.co.uk, google.it…). Your results also vary depending on whether you are logged in to your Google account or not.
Remember that Google updates the suggestions constantly - no poem is set in stone. If you manage to catch an awesome poem, make sure to take a screenshot right away."
(link)
You're invited to follow Google Poetics on Facebook, Twitter, and in a feed reader.

So open a Google search page, and start hunting for a poem. (It's not as easy as you might think!)
Here's my first effort, which I title "December":