No, I’m not talking about relationships between the company and any political figures. I just want to point out something I noticed regarding Google suggesting other searches when I look for information about a politician.
Let’s start with the names of the leaders of the two major parties in the US Senate:
- Harry Reid – Democratic Leader
- Dick Durbin – Democratic Whip
- Mitch McConnell – Republican Leader
- Trent Lott – Republican Whip
I was planning on writing a post that would serve to mock Mitch McConnell’s minuscule mouth, so I ran a search on his name and then clicked “Images”. What did I see? This:
Why is Google suggesting I try searches for Durbin and Lott? And why are they leaving out Reid, who is (at least officially) the most powerful of the four? I doubt it has anything to do with the relative size of their mouths — only McConnell’s is comically tiny.
If I run an image search for Harry Reid, Dick Durbin or Trent Lott, I don’t get a recommendation to look at other people. It’s as if Google is telling me to avoid looking at pictures of McConnell, which is totally unnecessary. I know he isn’t pretty, but I can handle it.Tags: Durbin, Google, Image-Search, Lott, McConnell, Politics, Reid, Search, Senate