The Who, What, Where, When, How, And Why Of Google

First, some Hint Fiction news:

  1. My panel "Hint Fiction: Stories That Prove Less Is More" has been accepted by the AWP committee for next year, which means I'll definitely be in D.C. and hope to see everyone there. Participants on the panel include contributors Michael Martone, Ann Harleman, Randall Brown, and Daniel A. Olivas.
  2. Also, I got the official word that the anthology will in fact be available as an e-book.

Now, to set the record straight, I love Google. It's probably one of the greatest things in the world. I don't even know why other search engines try when Google has the market cornered. I mean, the friggin' word had become a verb. Nobody Yahoos or Bings something; no, they Google it. Anyway, the auto suggestion is great, too. It gives one an idea of what a lot of other people are searching. I think in a thousand years, when civilization has crumbled and those digging through the mess want to learn about our culture, all they'll need to look at are some screen shots of Google's auto suggestion. Like Hint Fiction, for example:

Pretty neat, huh? And of course that auto suggestion will change as time goes on. But right now, July 31, 2010, that's what is there.

Now with Google's auto suggestion in mind, I thought I'd try to go through the six basic questions of who, what, where, when, how, why and see what Google comes up with. I'm sure this has been done before (I wouldn't be surprised if Jimmy Chen did something like this at HTMLGIANT), but I haven't seen it yet, so I figured what the hey (my favorites, without a doubt, are the second suggestion for where and the third and tenth suggestions for why). Enjoy.