You Are What You Goggle

An interesting article from The Washington Post this morning.

Question: Do you think your Google habits — your random, untethered wisps of thoughts manifested as search terms like “unexplained hives” and “Kate Beckinsale single?” — can be bundled together to paint an accurate representation of your morality?

This was the question floating around the periphery of a recent obscenity case, in which a Florida attorney planned to argue that Google records of pornographic searches were an indication of community values.
Because the real trick in making use of Google search terms is figuring out how to interpret them.

Does the fact that more people Googled “pomegranate” than “watermelon” in early 2008 mean that more people were eating pomegranates?

Or does it mean that everyone was researching the wunderfood’s antioxidant properties? Maybe people hate pomegranates and everyone was rushing to blog about those weird seeds.

Do more people in Pensacola really have orgies than go boating?

Read the whole thing here.

This leads me to do something I haven’t done in a while, look into my web statistics and find out what terms people use in search engines to find this website. Of course, different amalgamations of “Hedgehog Report” and my name along with “polls” and “electoral college” top the list. My favorite was this one:

“hedgehogs are hot”

In honor of Rush Limbaugh’s $400 million deal to keep yapping until 2016, I had this particular search phrase pop up:

“snerdley is an uncle tom”

I’d love to know what this one is about:


I almost feel sorry for this particular person who typed in this phrase to find my site.

“can you draw unemployment if you quit a job due to harassment”

Did you ever want to know how far it is from El Paso to Chihuahua? Well apparently you can find it my site somewhere because someone typed this phrase into a search engine and it led to this site.

“distance from el paso to chihuahua”

But the best search phrase in the past month has to be this one.

“airport ticklish patdown”

Hmmm…I don’t know what is worse, that someone actually is searching for that phrase or that this phrase somehow caused a search engine to point to this website….

So are you what you Goggle?

Posted by Dave at 7:59 am
Filed under: Miscellaneous | Comments (10)

10 Responses to “You Are What You Goggle”

  1. Tim says:

    “hedgehogs are hot”?

    8am, and I already need a stiff drink.

  2. Tim says:

    “distance from el paso to chihuahua”————–I think I know how that happened. Gary mentioned El Paso one day, because he lives in Texas.
    And, I compared Lisa to a chihuahua. Because—well, it’s Lisa.

  3. Tim says:

    And, wasn’t snerdly the guy on here with the wicked little devil smilies?

  4. Darrell says:

    In that Obama has called for faith based initiatives to get more faith into our culture, I am compelled then to begin my first post each day with a verse and invocation. Failure to do this might be construed as a racist attack against Mr. Obama.

    Psalm 27:1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?” (New American Standard Version)

    Prayer: O heavenly Father, let me live this day with fear only of You. May I love my enemies, and be merciful in the same degree you have have shown mercy to me. Amen.

  5. Darrell says:

    OK…Ramussen has totally lost it.

    He is saying that Obama is leading McCain in Montana 48/43.

    7/1/08 – 500LV

  6. Tim says:

    Huh? Montana?

    Boy, do I wish that were true. But, you’re right, Darrell. There’s just no way.

  7. Darrell says:

    I would equally discount a poll showing McCain ahead by five in New Jersey.

  8. Goggle? Is auto-spellchecking in effect?