After a bit of a hiatus, I reactivated my online dating account in July. I got lots of messages in those first few weeks, but only one person stood out to me as someone I might like to meet in person. Ryan* and I messaged back and forth a few times and then he suggested we meet for a drink. To make the arrangements, we switched to email and that’s how I learned his full name. Armed with that information, I did what I almost always do in advance of a first date — Google the person to make sure he’s not wanted by the FBI, a convicted rapist, or a Christian rock musician. Ryan* was none of these things, thank goodness, but I did stumble upon some other unsavory information during my research: his political views — which he expressed on an occasionally used Twitter account and in conversations with a couple friends on his Google Buzz page — were vastly different from mine. Things I believe strongly in, he believed strongly against and so forth. Clearly, I needed to cancel this date immediately. Keep reading »
On Monday we told you that we’d heard rumors about Google opening some type of e-commerce enterprise. Turns out it was true and the internet giant has just today launched Boutiques.com, a style inspiration-driven fashion search engine. It’s not so much e-boutique as it is aggregator à la Shopstyle. At Boutiques.com, you can follow influential style bloggers (Jane Aldridge, for example) to see their product picks, or search for items yourself. The site is clean, well-organized, and definitely presents you with overwhelming search results that weed out the junk. Check it out and tell us what you think! [Boutiques] Keep reading »
Whispers are furiously circulating that Google will be launching an e-commerce entity which will become fashion’s next big thing. The speculation is based on a few leading hints. One, a Tweet picked up by WWD: “Breaking news: Google is launching an e-commerce site with shop in shops by major designers #google #theyrgonnabepissed #geturshopon,” which, uh, is pretty straightforward. Second, Google is holding a fashion industry party this week, where the company is expected to make some sort of announcement. If you ask us, Google hosting a fashion cocktail party isn’t exactly your ordinary pairing, so it sounds like something is up.
If this is the high design endeavor that we think it will be, we’ll be betting that our online shopping habits might change quite a bit. Google, with its power to find what you can’t and round up massive amounts of info, might just be the go-to for any wardrobe addition. We’ll see. [The Thread] Keep reading »
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 »