Google’s auto-complete features gives you a drop-down menu of suggestions based on the most popular queries related to whatever you’re searching.
If you start searching for a story about a tech CEO, for example, Google auto-complete might show you that other users are searching about this person’s marriage, kids, salary, and net worth. All of this processing happens in just milliseconds.
Google’s algorithm usually takes your search habits into consideration, but if your browsing history is cleared and you’re using an incognito window, you’ll see auto-complete results that are pretty reflective of what the general population is curious about.
And so, we thought it would be fun to highlight the sorts of auto-complete results you’ll get if you search for some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley. This isn’t at all scientific in any way, but here’s what Google came up with nevertheless (in alphabetical order):
Angela Ahrendts, Apple SVP of retail
Most interesting search: Angela Ahrendts TEDx Talk. Ahrendts did a TEDx Talk, a short presentation by an engaging speaker invited by the nonprofit TED as part of a series of presentations, in which she talked about The Power of Human Energy.
Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder
Most interesting search: Bill Gates house. Xanadu 2.0, named after the fictional home in “Citizen Kane,” is a $63 million mansion in Medina, Washington. Gates filled it with high-tech details like an underwater music system in his pool.
Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber CEO
Most interesting search: email address and Uber email. People seem to be pretty keen to contact him; he’s the only person on this list with “email address” in his autocomplete options, and has “Uber email” in there too.