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Vegan Google Autocomplete

Updated: Mar 15, 2021

I thought I'd try some vague searches on Google and see what autocomplete thought I was trying to ask. Autocomplete can give you some funny suggestions, but vegan autocomplete is weird.

For those that don't know Google Autocomplete is a search feature within Google that allows people to complete searches faster as they start typing. It can be found in any Google search. When you begin typing in Google’s search box, the algorithm performs a prediction of possible search queries and shows a drop-down list of related words and phrases. The search predictions are based on things like popularity, and will show:

  • The terms you are typing

  • Relevant searches you have done in the past (if you are signed in to your Google Account)

  • What other people are searching for, including Trending stories

From there, you can select a search query that either exactly or closely matches the one you intended to enter.

I'm not sure how many of these search results are guesses by autocomplete or if people are actually typing this stuff in

So what did autocomplete think I wanted? I started with "What Vegans..." I got standard things, what vegans eat, what vegans can't eat, what vegans need to eat, boring. But I clicked on it any and I got a list:

  • Beans

  • Lentils

  • Tofu

  • Seitan

  • Tempeh

  • Nuts

  • Seeds

I agree with Google, vegans do eat these things.

Why can't vegans eat figs? People want to know

So, next, "Why Vegans...", this seemed a bit better, why won't vegans eat figs, why can't vegans drink beer, but then it became negative.

  1. Why Don't Vegans Eat Figs?

  2. Why Can't Vegans Drink Beer?

  3. Why Are Vegans So Pushy?

  4. Why Are Vegans So Skinny?

  5. Why Are Vegans So Angry?

Pushy and angry? About reducing cruelty, about climate change caused by animal agriculture. I'm "skinny" because I'm eating a healthy diet. Anyway... The next search I did was "How Vegans...", believe or not what came up first was "How are vegans born?" this threw me.

I thought that vegans were born the same way as everyone else, but maybe I'm wrong

My last search was "When Vegans...", when the result came up I said to myself "When vegans what?!" So, the last result that I found was "When vegans attack". Attack what, when where and how? It turns out that When Vegans Attack is the name of a song that was released in 2007 by Clutch. I'd never heard of it before, go figure.

Take a look at the Google searches yourself and see what you find. The range of things that people are looking at is amazing. Have fun!


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