Despite the fact that Google is undisputedly the most poweful search entity on the Internet you can’t take it away from them… They are the sweetest rulers of the universe you could ever imagine. From time to time they adorn Google’s minimalistic search interface with a touch of pure fluffyness :)
When you enter the search phrase ‘GAY’ in google.com today, the PPC part of the Result Page is framed with the gay colours of the rainbow…
“Google… We love you!”
With Indextools being one of the hottest and sharpest looking web analytics solutions around, I must say it’s a sexy purchase. For many reasons I hope a lot of money changed hands, but I can instantly conjure up many ways in which Yahoo! can make sure it was worth their while, some of them more savoury than others. Eric T. Peterson demystifies some of the possible scenarios in this excellent article on the subject.
It’s not so long since Yahoo snatched up wonderful and precarious Flickr from under me and millions of other users without ruffling too many feathers, and I trust they will treat Indextools with the same respect! Knowing Dennis Mortensen is staying on board sure takes away most of the scepticism that first clouded my mind upon hearing the news, and ensures that I’ll await the next steps with baited breath.
Congratulations to Dennis and all our other Indextools friends. Even more so to you Yahoo! for making a smart move. I’ll keep my fingers crossed and congratulate the rest of us, each step of the way, as the future of Indexhoo unravels.
Recently I found occasion to reprimand Google for poor Icelandic spelling They promptly corrected the situation and what’s more, lately I’ve seen some indications that Google is tackling Icelandic Grammar! If true, my hat is off to Google. I always give kudos to someone that takes the time to learn our (beautiful but a little challenging) language which is spoken by only 300 thousand people!
Relatively free from outside influence for much of the ca. 1.100 years since Iceland’s discovery and settlement, icelandic has retained an inflectional grammar comparable to that of Latin or, more closely, Old Norse and Old English.
Unless search engines actively learn the language, Icelandic users have to accommodate for the search engine’s illiteracy by entering their searches in various cases, numbers, genders, tenses and then do it all over again with the definite article etc… I’ll spare you the gory details but believe me… I will be following Google’s learning progress with my fingers crossed. Moreover it’ll make my SEO work so much more effective. Welcome to the wonderful world of inflected languages.
Argh! I can’t stop… Dear Google, you must pardon my mirth! I’m really your biggest fan. According to the attached image, which graced my eye when I pushed the offending button you have actually gone and TRADEMARKED the spelling error! Mi oh mi can this get any better?
One of the characteristics of the tiny (300k) nation of Iceland is the pride we take in our language. Bill Gates recognized this when he decided to translate Windows to Icelandic and of course Google offers its well loved search window in our beautiful language. Well it sent shivers down my spine to see that they would allow a spelling error of considerable magnitude. The english equivalent would be “Englysh”.
However I’m afraid only my fellow Icelanders will appreciate the full visual effect… But here goes… Click here and prepare to shudder in dismay >>>