You can now use whatdoestheinternetthink directly from twitter! Just tweet '@wdtit about' followed by a subject and you will receive a reply with the answer in under a minute. This service is in beta. For now, only regular search is available, but other search features will soon follow.
This service is proudly powered by Pennyworth.
Due to limitations of the search API we use, we can only index a fixed amount of (new) searches each month. If your search has come up empty (e.g. not indexed), please try again later.
The results are provided 'as is' and should not be considered reliable, nor do they reflect the opinion of whatdoestheinternetthink.net, its creators, Twitter or Bing (Microsoft).
The results are merely a reflection of a majority in search term results reported by said search-engine.
Note that the site is an ongoing experiment, and results may vary per month.
Searches powered by Bing
Since launching, this has sparked 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 search engine (prior to 2012 we used the three big ones: Yahoo, Google and Bing. Bing is the only one left as of 2012.), counting the amount of results returned. Sentences are double quoted before they are sent off, so as to make sure the search-engine searches 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.
Velar Trill has written a very nice article on whatdoestheinternetthink, which is spot on. I suggest you read it, as it explains more on the connotation of searches.