Google finally added their long-testing “Google Suggest” feature to their top page. O’Reilly Radar made an interesting list of which letter shows what keyword when you type a single letter, ‘A’ to ‘Z’. By this, you can observe what brands are strong and popular in English web, at least Google thinks so.
Well, then how about Google Japanese? For example, there are no reason they recommend “eBay” for “e”, “Craigslist” for “c” as they hardly exist in Japan. Here we go,
|b||bebo||biglobe||ISP and portal by NEC group|
|d||dictionary||dell||dell is the first. followed by docomo(#1 cell phone) and (Nintendo) ds|
|e||ebay||etc||ETC is an Electronic Toll Collection System in Japan|
|g||gmail||goo||NTT group portal|
|j||john lewis||jal||Japan Air Line|
|k||kelly blue book||kakaku||Kakaku.com is a popular price comparison site|
|l||limewire||lhaplus||Winzip-like file extractor tool in Japanese|
|m||myspace||mixi||the No.1 Social Network Service|
|n||nbc olympics||nhk||Nippon Housou Kyokai, national public television|
|o||olympics||ocn||NTT group ISP|
|p||photobucket||psp||Play Station Portable|
|r||runescape||rakuten||the biggest e-commerce mall|
|s||sears||softbank||IT conglomerate who owns No.3 cell phone (including iPhone), Yahoo! Japan and Alibaba|
|t||target||toto||US musician, Japan ese high-tech toilet manufacturer or our buddy Serkan Toto? Probably national soccer lottery “toto”|
|u||utube||ufj||Mitsubisi UFJ Bank|
|w||wikipedia||wiki||Many Japanese people calls Wikipedia as Wiki|
|z||zip codes||zozo||apparel e-commerce mall|
Caution: as roman alphabet is not the prime letter in Japanese, search volume of them may not be big as other letters (Chinese-origin thousands Kanji-s and Hiragana/Katakana) in Japanese.
I also made a chart with Spanish, French, Chinese, etc. to see what Google thinks popular in each language here.
If anyone write the explanation of what each keyword means in your languages, please let me know (by comment or trackback). I will link to it.