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August 21, 2013

Better than any poll or focus group

Filed under: psuedopolitics — danylmc @ 10:38 am

Google suggests results for the leaders of our two main parties:



  1. David Shearer is…the Anti-Key

    Comment by northshoreguynz — August 21, 2013 @ 10:40 am

  2. In fairness i’m sure John Key would ahve had similar results in respect to Helen Clark a few years ago

    Comment by max — August 21, 2013 @ 10:49 am

  3. David Shearer should worry that one thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about

    Comment by Leopold — August 21, 2013 @ 10:51 am

  4. Max, you are being ridiculous. “In fairness” you say.
    This is a political blog. There is an equal likelihood of fairness on this blog as there is on Whaleoil.
    Actually I just tried Helen clark is and google’s first option was Helen Clark is a man.
    The mind boggles.

    Comment by Alwyn — August 21, 2013 @ 11:25 am

  5. Helen Clark is a man
    Helen Clark israel

    What’s with “israel” with both Sheaer and Clark.

    Is that the usual pre-occupation of the left and right with whether someone is sufficiently pro or anti Israel?

    Comment by NeilM — August 21, 2013 @ 11:27 am

  6. “Is that the usual pre-occupation of the left and right with whether someone is sufficiently pro or anti Israel?”

    Probably not. The word “is” is usually treated as a stopword in search indices and query handlers, so proper nouns or dictionary words starting with the letters ‘is’ will tend to get a higher relevancy ranking when searching a phrase like “blah blah is”, since it’s trying to help you complete a phrase, including partial words, and “is” is so common it’s hard to determine relevancy.

    So actually, what it means is that SO many people have searched for the other phrases (Helen Clark is a man, John Key is an idiot, Winston Peters is a racist, etc.) that in spite of the stopwordyness of ‘is’, they’re rising to the top along with more typical search engine autocomplete suggestions like “David Shearer israel”, or, oddly, “Peter Dunne lego island”…

    Fun game though.

    Comment by kimshepherdim — August 21, 2013 @ 11:39 am

  7. well if it isn’t Netenyahu’s lead propagandist. Here to obfuscate the issues with search engine theory.

    Comment by Andrew M — August 21, 2013 @ 11:41 am

  8. “Peter Dunne lego island”

    Breaking: New Scandal… um, ?? something

    “Here to obfuscate the issues with search engine theory.”

    Zionist GCSB NSA Googlespiracy uncovered

    Comment by nommopilot — August 21, 2013 @ 11:56 am

  9. Brownlee’s instagoogle is certainly focused on The Big Questions.

    Comment by Gregor W — August 21, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

  10. If Peter Dunne proposes turning Johnsonville Mall into a Legoland, I will move back into his electorate to vote for him.

    Comment by Phil — August 21, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

  11. Interesting that Don Brash, Hone Harawira, and Winston Peters all have the same first suggestion… (it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out what it is)

    Comment by Sam — August 21, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

  12. Oh wait – this from John Key is a douche:

    There’s 14 minutes of my life I’ll never get back…

    Comment by Sam — August 21, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

  13. Flip it around and type “Is John Key” and see the suggested completions.

    Illuminati, Freemason, dead, …

    Comment by Stephen J — August 21, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

  14. Whereas the equivalent “is David Shearer” has as third autocomplete “who is David Shearer”.

    Comment by Stephen J — August 21, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

  15. The latest Roy Morgan poll appears to concur with Google.

    Comment by Ben Wilson — August 21, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

  16. “Fun game though”

    And interesting reflection of google’s algorithms

    Comment by NeilM — August 21, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

  17. Russel Norman is gets is Russel Norman married.

    Comment by Andrew R — August 21, 2013 @ 10:23 pm

  18. ‘David Shearer israel’ comes up partly because he was based there for a while. Not sure why people search for it, though. Sadly ‘Peter Dunne lego island’ refers to a different Peter Dunne.

    Comment by helenalex — August 22, 2013 @ 8:42 am

  19. Love this one: Is John Key (third option) banning Cody’s.

    Comment by nw — August 22, 2013 @ 11:56 am

  20. New top result?
    David Shearer is gone

    Comment by MeToo — August 22, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

  21. ….just after lunchtime

    Comment by Gregor W — August 22, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

  22. Now look what you’ve gone and done, Danyl.

    Comment by Higgs Boatswain — August 22, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

  23. David Shearer is
    not going to have to polish up his debating skills.

    Comment by OECD rank 22 kiwi — August 23, 2013 @ 2:38 am

  24. Wait for the gnashing of liberal elite teeth when Cunliffe gets the leadership.

    Comment by toby — August 23, 2013 @ 6:02 am

  25. You missed out ‘John Key is a freemason’. That comes up with a lot of images to supposedly prove it. But, noticeably absent, is ‘John Key is a reptilian’ which is strange because he fought that perception for a few months in his first term and there was never the suggestion in the mainstream media pertaining to freemasonry.

    Comment by Daniel Lang — August 31, 2013 @ 10:19 am

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