WeekendRead: “What Does The Internet Think”

| October 20, 2012 | 21 Replies

So I stumbled across this site called What Does The Internet Think, a search engine where your term is broken down into positive, negative, and in-differnet opinion across the internet. Here is how the site says it works:

Since launching, this has sparked up some discussion as to how it all works. Well, you can understand that I don’t want to disclose too much of the ‘algorithm’ of the site. However: basically it searches based on associative (so far just English) sentences. The given search term is used in these sentences which are then sent off to the various search engines, counting the amount of results returned. (Sentences are double quoted before they are sent off, so as to make sure the search-engines search for occurrences of the *whole* sentence).

This, of course, produces questionable results which should not be taken very seriously. However, the more results (hits) returned, the more reliable these results can become. Do a search for George Bush and then Barack Obama, and you’ll see that the internet is certainly not far off – or perhaps even in-sync – with the result you had in mind.

My advice would be to do 10 ‘obvious’ searches, of which you are almost certain of the results, based on your perception of general opinion (e.g. ‘beer’, ‘sex’, ‘sleeping’, etc.) and then do 10 less obvious searches. If the first 10 convince you of even the slightest accuracy, the second 10 will perhaps be not as random as you thought.

Of course, this is far from accurate, but I thought I would have a go, searching Nokia, Nokia Lumia, Nokia N9, Symbian & iPhone5. Here are screenshots of the results:

Overall Nokia, and related terms, seem to all be fairly positive, with the highest out of my search terms being Nokia N9, followed by Nokia Lumia, Nokia, Symbian and lastly iPhone 5.

Again, I know this isn’t conclusive in any way, but it is nice to see Nokia being ahead of the iPhone, even if it is solely wishful thinking.


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Hi! My name is Michael. I currently live in Sydney, working on all things Digital Marketing. I have a real passion for the latest technology and I'm a real Nokia buff! My aim is to keep those of you, like myself, updated with the latest in what's going on in the Nokia World. Get in touch on Twitter via @MFaroTusino, or even simply drop me an email at mike.mnb[at] or tips[at]