Finding Google’s Backwaters
There are so many ways to get to the good stuff on the Internet. Lists, StumbleUpon, optimised search returns etc but there is a truly enormous long-tail of weird/wonderful/dross.
I thought it might be amusing to see some of this randomly, ignoring any notion of popularity or context. Sure, I could just surf about, but I had a feeling that I would always subliminally guide my own hand. So, here’s the method I came up with:
I used a random word generator and took the first 3 words it offered me.
They were: concocted, measlier and peruke. ( I resisted the temptation to find out what peruke meant – I confess I didn’t know )
I then created an ‘as it happens’ Google Alert for each of these words. I didn’t want to just search for the words as they would be ordered by Google’s view of importance. And waited…
The spidery nature of Google inevitably returned a distinct ‘latest news’ feel to the results. Anyway, here’s some of what I received by email:
Cellist disease a hoax, British doctor confesses
( FAIL – I heard this on the radio during the week )
( and lots more )
( really? FAIL )
The only other things I got were dictionary definitions of ‘measlier’. FAIL.
A random foreign blog
EDIT: A late peruke just in!
No great surprise, turns out a peruke is an old-school wig. Can’t imagine it turns up that often.
So, as experiments go, this one was largely unsuccessful. I think it might still work, so maybe I’ll have another go.