Remember last month when feminist writer Germaine Greer suggested that women “name and shame” men who commit sexual assault online? Well, that has actually happened: A female Google employee has made waves across the internet for writing on her blog, NerdChic, that she was forcibly groped by a Twitter employee last week at a tech conference. She also noted that she reported the incident to the Atlanta police. Keep reading »
It started out as a normal, 21st century love story: I met Paul*, I liked Paul, so I Googled Paul. We’d been hanging out for two months, and I knew he was fluent in French, played guitar, and liked India Pale Ale. Now I was ready for the good stuff, the stuff only the internet could tell me. I was hoping to find mentions of him in school newspapers, signs of previous girlfriends, and, if I was lucky, the holy grail of Googling: his high school LiveJournal. Keep reading »
We no longer need the library to do research or the mall to go shopping; the entire world is now at our fingertips. The invention of the internet has made our world bigger, especially with the invention of Google. People Google everything, including you. Since the internet began we have been told to be careful of what we put on the internet because once it’s on, it’s almost impossible to get it off. This is why people Google other people, to find out information that they might not be able to get first hand; no one likes the unknown. Aside from employers now Googling prospective employees, people are now Googling each other before first dates to find out everything can before sitting down for dinner. Keep reading »
I was LMAO when I discovered SEOLOL, a site that collects the weirdest search engine phrases on the interwebs. I mean, I’ve daydreamed about finding a “magic spell to shut someone up,” but I never thought about doing a Google search for it. Luckily, somebody out there in the universe did. Some of my other faves include “how to use your mind to fight evil” (I wish I knew), “hippo sandwich” (yum or yuck?), and “defonision for woot” (I think you’ll need the urban dictionary for that one). These are so ridiculous I decided to do a little research and find the weirdest search phrases that drove people to The Frisky. After the jump. a few of my favorite search terms that brought people to this site. What were you searching for when you happened upon us, dear readers? Keep reading »
Google’s “Smart TV” debuts today at some techie conference in San Francisco. This is all good and well, but I’m sure many of you are wondering, “What the hell is that!?” The Sony device uses Intel Corp chips and Google software and is a response to a big ‘ol drop in TV sales. The deets are still fuzzy because tech guys can be very secretive when it comes to their new inventions but, from what I can tell, the coolest thing about Google’s “Smart TV” is that it allows you to have internet access on your television. The set will include a TV and Blu-ray DVD player but will have tons of web content. It will also have a keyboard that functions as a remote control. According to Bloomberg, “Internet access will be integrated with advanced television guides, personal content libraries and search.” This television-internet software isn’t available to consumers yet but, we wanna know, will you buy it when it is? Keep reading »
Google has gone cougar-hunting. The search engine has classified “cougar” dating sites like CougarLife.com as “non-family safe” and banned them from its content pages. Google ads appear on over 6,700 websites, including biggies like YouTube and MySpace.
Sad news for Samantha Jones indeed — but unfortunately Google has a glaring double standard if you compare CougarLife.com to other dating sites. For example, most ads for SeekingArrangements.com, which matches young “sugar babes” with older, successful sugar daddies, are still considered “family-safe” by Google. However, dates found on CougarLife.com don’t come with financial perks, but the goal of SeekingArrangements.com is to pair a “generous benefactor” with “college students” and “aspiring actresses.” It’s not prostitution … but it’s not not prostitution, if you get what I’m saying. Keep reading »
You knows the scenario. You meet somebody new, finagle a first and last name, go home, let it gel and then your computer screws it all up. “Find out more!” it hisses “C’mon. Don’t you want to … Google?”
Yes. The obvious answer is yes, and before you know it you’re double-clicking your way through said person’s Facebook page (OMG! It’s public) and reading their poorly written Tumblr and grimacing at a slew of mundane tweets. Suddenly you aren’t so excited about that upcoming date. Damn Google. Keep reading »
David McCandless at Information Is Beautiful put together this handy charticle based on the most common autofills when you type “How do I get my boyfriend to…” and “How do I get my girlfriend to…” into Google. The results are certainly interesting. Hey, maybe if she shaves, he’ll propose, and if she blows him, he’ll last longer in bed. Just a thought. [The Gloss] Keep reading »
Google CEO Eric Schmidt is all for the free sharing of information on the interwebs … unless it’s about his love life. When his former mistress Kate Bohner (a former CNBC correspondent and journalist) started a Blogspot diary and book project entitled “Recovery Girl 007,” Schmidt made it disappear from Google by threatening Bohner with legal action. Abuse of power? I think so. Like any other recovering addict/mistress, Bohner should have the right to blog about her life and Schmidt (code name “Dr. Strangelove”) as long as she doesn’t use his real name. The blog is no longer accessible, but reports claim that it was primarily focused on her recovery and not her affair with Schmidt. Why didn’t he just ask her to stop writing about him? Did he have to pull the entire blog? This seems like a violation of rights to me. If Bohner does decide to fight back against the Google empire, I think she may have a case. What do you think? [Newser, Gawker] Keep reading »
For some women, first date preparation is a leg wax, a blowout, and brand-new, five-inch pumps. For others, it’s a swipe of lip gloss.
But for me, it’s always at least a solid hour of internet research. To me, pre-date Googling is less a verb than an Olympic-style event of decathlon proportions. There’s the phone number check, there’s the email address cross-search, there’s the quick dip into the search box of his alma mater, then there’s also a quick perusal of his Facebook page, and, occasionally, his friends’ Facebook pages. Keep reading »