Ichabod is itchy

June 19, 2006

Google fighting

Filed under: webTech — by ichabodisitchy @ 9:56 pm

Perhaps you all know about Google fighting, but I only discovered it today and, in case you haven't come across it, wanted to point it out. Google fight compares the number of results returned for two 'competing' search terms. There is a little animation whilst the fight goes on and then the two search terms are displayed as proportional bars with the results.

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I was introduced to Google fight at work, where we were debating whether to use the word 'nutritional' or 'nutritive' in a story– I was for the former, a colleague for the latter and, given that both are in the dictionary, we decided to Google fight it out. Needless to say, 'nutritional' was the resounding winner (50 million results vs just under 3 million).

For those of you with little imagination for setting up Google fights, there are some pre-set examples (Bush beats Bin Laden by about 4 to 1 and the pen proves mightier than the sword with 176 million vs 77). And if you don't speak English, don't despair for it's also available in French (although no other languages as yet).

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2 Comments »

  1. I discovered this site a while back, and had a bit of fun with it on Petrona and around and about. Just don’t try Science v Nature!

    Comment by Maxine — June 21, 2006 @ 9:31 pm |Reply

  2. You’ll be happy to know that ‘older sister’ beats ‘younger brother’ in a googlefight duel. The favouratism we always knew about is more pervasive than I thought!

    Comment by Terence — June 23, 2006 @ 9:49 am |Reply


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