I thought it might be fun to see which sites Chrome pulls up for me in its autocomplete URL address bar. So here they are, My ABCs of Chrome Autocomplete URLs:
- Austincollege.edu (where I work)
- Boessen.wordpress.com (this blog)
- Echobazaar.failbettergames.com (great game!)
- Hopper.austincollege.edu (my institution’s online portal-thing)
- Iaman00b.wordpress.com (student’s blog for my Games and Culture class)
- Jdprice13.wordpress.com (another student’s blog)
- Osram.com (this is a little bizarre — I visited this site once two weeks ago looking for replacement bulbs for the media production equipment I supervise)
- Quickscreenshare.com (cool webapp I was pointed to for low-hassle screen sharing)
- Shermanisd.net (local school system)
- Thatcamp.org (I’ve been to two of these in the past six months and am scheduled for a third in January 2012)
- Ultimate-guitar.com (I like to play)
- Valuesatplay.org (neat site focused on serious game design)
- (first hit in Chrome is “xbox”)
- (first hit in Chrome is “zillow”)
I’d say this is somewhat illuminating of my habits and interests, at least in terms of the sites I visit often: higher ed (especially my institution and students’ work), the Googleverse. The rare letters like Q, X, and Z are not surprising, but there are a few head-scratchers that I’m guessing have more to do with the way Chrome archives web history than anything personal about me.
Anyhoo, maybe this will start a FB trend or something.
NB — I don’t think this works in Firefox because of the way ff searches its web history. I tried it on my wife’s ff and it brought back all kinds of weird stuff.