Why is Limerick so Rough?
No. We say instead, “Why is Limerick so AWESOME.”
We’ll let you in on something strange that happened here today, so that you’ll know what this story is all about.
One of our researchers had some spare time on their hands and decided to go onto Google and do a search in relation to Limerick. We started our research by entering the words “Why is Limerick” into the Google Search box… and then Boom. Google get’s all nasty on us.
Without asking us anything further and without any hesitation, Google’s Auto-Complete immediately auto-suggested “Why is Limerick so rough” (amongst some other unsavoury things, as you can see below). All this before we could finish typing in our question!
Now, that got us around to thinking.
Is this what people are really searching for? Is this what people see on Google when asking about Limerick? Do we look like this to the ‘outside world’ from Google’s point of view?
You see, we love our City and want others to love Her also, but it’s hard to change the impression people have when even Google is on our case. As it turns out, there is something we can do. It takes approximately 5 seconds.
We have devised a cunning plan of epic proportions, to make Google change the suggestions that pop-up when somebody is doing a search. Here’s what you gotta do:
- Open the Google Search box
- Type in “Why is Limerick so AWESOME” (as per the pic. below) and then hit enter.
- If you’re one those people who are riding the tidal wave of apathy that’s often out there in relation to Limerick 2030 (and any Limerick based projects in general) we’ve made it so that you only need to click a single link to make all this happen Let Limerick Choose.
You see, if more than a hundred people or so do this, it will cause a change in Google’s Auto-Complete algorithm. To cut a long story short, it will mean that when people type “Why is Limerick…” into Google, they will no longer see the bad stuff popping up first and they will start seeing the good stuff popping up instead.
Limerick has the power to choose what other people will see in Google.
Editor’s Note#1: We got so hooked on this ‘auto-complete’ thing, that we decided to do one for every county, not just Limerick. The results are below. Some are normal and some are just… well, see for yourself.
|We Typed this into Google:||Google Auto-Completed this :||Editor’s Note #2|
|Why is Antrim||why is antrim called the saffron county||It is?|
|Why is Armagh||why is armagh the orchard county|
|Why is Carlow||No Result||Anybody using Google in Carlow?|
|Why is Cavan||No Result||Google did suggest : “why is Cavani so cheap”. Maybe both Cavan and Cavani are cheap?|
|Why is Clare||why is clare the banner county|
|Why is Cork||why is cork known as the rebel county|
|Why is Donegal||why is donegal not in northern ireland|
|Why is Down||No Result||Google did suggest : “Downton Abbey”. Not a surprise. Everybody hearts Downton…|
|Why is Dublin||why is dublin called dublin||Deep.|
|Why is Fermanagh||why is fermanagh sparsely populated|
|Why is Galway||why is galway the city of the tribes|
|Why is Kerry||why is kerry called the kingdom|
|Why is Kildare||why is kildare marathon cancelled||What? Nobody told us!|
|Why is Kilkenny||why is kilkenny a city||Indeed. Some gobbeldy-gook about a Cathedral we believe.|
|Why is Laois||why is laois called the queens county|
|Why is Leitrim||No results||Enough said.|
|Why is Limerick||why is limerick so rough||All counties can be rough. We’re trying to change that perception, as you know.|
|Why is Derry||why is derry sometimes called londonderry|
|Why is Longford||No results|
|Why is Louth||No results|
|Why is Mayo||why is mayo bad for you||This being the Mayo that we put on our sarnies, as opposed to the Mayo we all know and love. We’re confused now?|
|Why is Meath||why is meath called the royal county|
|Why is Monaghan||why is monaghan called the farney county|
|Why is Offaly||why is offaly called the faithful county|
|Why is Roscommon||No results|
|Why is Sligo||No results|
|Why is Tipperary||why is tipperary called the premier county|
|Why is Tyrone||why is tyrone a black name||No racism here. A quick dive into the Google search results show it’s the first_name = “Tyrone” that Google is talking about. Not County = “Tyrone”. Phew.|
|Why is Waterford||why is waterford called the deise|
|Why is Westmeath||why is westmeath a county||This is up for debate we guess.|
|Why is Wexford||why is wexford called the model county|
|Why is Wicklow||why is wicklow called the garden of ireland|
Is Mise le Meas,