How Is Google Like Poetry? Let Me Autocomplete the Ways

Matt Petronzio
How Is Google Like Poetry? Let Me Autocomplete the Ways
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Remember those magnets that had random words and phrases written on them, helping you to create works of poetry on your fridge? Well, now there's a new way to put together snippets of poetic genius -- and all from your web browser.

The Tumblr blog Google Poetics documents autocompleted search terms as if Google were writing a poem on relevant topics. Created by Sampsa Nuotio and Raisa Omaheimo of Helsinki, Finland, Google Poetics shows that the web giant's search suggestions can offer hilarious and sometimes poignant stanzas of insight into a variety of topics.

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"Google’s algorithm offers searches after just a few keystrokes when typing in the search box, in an attempt to predict what the user wants to type," Nuotio and Omaheimo write in the blog's "Info" section. "The combination of these suggestions can be funny, absurd, Dadaistic -- and sometimes even deeply moving."

This is reminiscent of the cut-up technique -- when a writer cuts up text and rearranges it to create a new text. The literary concept is often attributed to the Dadaists of the 1920s and popularized in the early 1960s by William S. Burroughs.

But in the connected era, you can attribute this updated pseudo-technique to Google.

What kind of Google poetry can you come up with?

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