Fun with autocomplete: What do Google, Bing, Yahoo and DuckDuckGo think of each other?
Recently we learned the top stereotypes about tech companies, according to Google’s auto-complete suggestions. But maybe it’s not fair to rely on results from just one search engine. So let’s revisit the search engine as internet-wisdom harvester to ask: What do search engines think of each other?
That is: What does Google think about Bing? And what does Bing think about Yahoo? And what does DuckDuckGo think about all of them?
Let’s start by asking all of these search engines what they think about Google.
Users of Yahoo search asking “Can Google hear me?” is certainly poignant. But it’s perhaps more notable to see that they wonder whether Google offers search functionality. According to my independent research, the answer is yes!
It makes sense that searchers using Microsoft’s Bing have all kinds of issues with Google — but they seem a little paranoid. The notion of searching other search engines does get points for originality.
What about Google searchers searching Google about Google search? They have worries, too — but note that among them is the touching concern that Google search might be “going away.” I don’t think so.
You might expect the most cynical searches about Google tobe surfaced via DuckDuckGo — a search engine that touts its superiority inprotecting privacy by pledging not to track your searches. And yet its auto-complete suggestion feature (which currently works only on the app version, not the Web) tells a different story: DuckDuckGo is evidently more interested in using Google Voice on a cruise ship than determining the search giant’s trustworthiness.
Some Yahoo searchers seem very uncertain about Microsoft’s Bing: Is it a search engine, part of Google, or a browser? (More independent research reveals that it is, indeed, a search engine.) Also, the construction "Is bing any good?" suggests a healthy amount of skepticism about the search engine.
The oddest question raised by Bing searchers about Bing itself is whether it’s a search engine. (Research: Yes!)
Next, the newcomer: DuckDuckGo.
Yahoo searchers want the basics…
… while Bing reveals a surprising degree of skepticism.