I decided to focus all my attention to Google Feud which a super addictive website that uses Google’s search engine algorithm auto-complete function to present you with a search query and then lets you guess the answers (more information below).
This website has become so popular that it has even been mentioned on television shows such as The Tonight Show with Jimmy Falon. As with my previous investigative articles, I’m going to dive straight into it by exploring what GF is, how it works, who created it, where to get answers to the questions and much more.
What is Google feud and how does it work?
If you have ever used this search engine you probably have noticed that as soon as you start typing characters or words in the search bar that the algorithm suggests words or auto-completes your typing. The creator of Google Feud cleverly uses the search engine’s API to create a basic, yet entertaining game similar to the 1970’s television show called Family Feud.
With the original television show, teams competed against each other by trying to complete or answer questions given to groups of people. Those with the most correct answers got the highest score and won.
The game’s system chooses a random question or search query, presents you with that search query and gives you a chance to guess the correct auto-complete words or answers. It’s fun and can lead to unexpected discoveries. You can play the game and try it out for yourself by going here.
Here’s a good visual explanation of the game.
How to play the game step by step
When visiting the website, you are given the option of choosing one of four categories to answer questions from or guess the auto-complete words. You are given 3 chances to guess the correct answer and a count of your total score is given. The four categories you can choose from include culture, people, names, and questions.
Before choosing a category your screen will look something like this:
I decided to click on the “People” category and got served the following sentence: “I sold all my.” My first thought was what does this have to do with people. Here it is:
Anyway, so I started to type in the answers I thought people were searching for and typing into the search engine. Man, how wrong was I indeed. I tried the following: furniture, clothes, and something else I can’t even remember. The point is that I didn’t get one answer correct! Sigh. Take a look at the real answers:
Clearly, I was way off the mark and had no clue what I was doing. That being said, games have never really been my strong suit or at least not right off the bat. I always take a while to master them.
You could probably cheat if you don’t like to see a “total score = 0” like mine. Simply head over to Google.com, type the query you were presented with the Google Feud game and try to find all the auto-suggest queries for that term. This way you might be walking off with a top score.
Who created the site and how did it get started
Out of all the Google tricks I’ve blogged about, this one has the richest and coolest history ever. According to the game’s Wikipedia page, yes it’s so amazing it has its own Wikipedia page, a writer called Justin Hook launched the website in 2013 and has since received extensive exposure.
The site was shown on Buzzfeed.com’s home page for a while back in 2015, and usually, whenever someone lands there it’s bound to go viral.
That’s exactly what happened, and it also led to the game being featured by Jimmy Fallon like I mentioned in the introduction. It also got exposure via other celebs, publications, and sites like Tech Crunch, Fox News and more.
It’s also been featured numerous times on places like YouTube by some of the top YouTube content creators who obviously helped and continues to help keep the curiosity high for the game.
Justin basically created every website or internet entrepreneurs dream. Who could have ever thought that an idea so simple, yet fun, could draw so much attention? It’s truly amazing!
Here’s a super interesting fact for you: searchengineland.com reported that the game was first developed and played by Google employees many years ago, around 2010. They called it Google Suggest Family Feud, and it was a highly addictive pass time in the Cambridge offices of Google.
Google feud answers
It looks like I’m not the only one that often guesses the answers to this game incorrectly. Someone truly took the time to create a Google Feud Answers website that you can see here: http://www.googlefeudanswers.com
So if you feel like cheating, you could head over to the website and search for the question you are presented with to make sure that you don’t get a single one wrong. The website has over 30 pages of answers, but it does not look like the website owner has updated it in a while. The last answer was filled in sometime in 2016.
GF on multiple devices
Justin Hook has really outdone himself with this game. Since it has grown in such popularity, he’s even released mobile apps for Android and iTunes. The mobile app is called Autocomplete and serves the same function as the GF game.
The Android app hasn’t done too bad and currently has received between 50 000 – 100 000 app installs. See it here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.AC.autoCompete
I chose not to play the game for more than 10 minutes because then this article probably would have taken me days and not hours write. Like I said, it’s highly addictive since for some reason I can’t help but be curious as to what the answers are.
People search for weird stuff on Google, so some of the things you discover will undoubtedly be amusing and entirely surprising. However, watch out as the odd below the belt question or answer as that might be thrown in there as well. It’s best to skip those.
Either way, Google Feud is awesome and has absolutely nothing to do with rivalries of different companies. That’s what I thought it was about before blogging about it.
It’s just a web-based game. However, a very cool one no doubt.