Google Personals -- Geek Seeks Geek?


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Interesting how ideas come about. In January, Biz Stone -- blogger, self-proclaimed genius and author of Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content -- came up with a humorous logo (above) for a dating service by the web's top search engine, which he called Google Personals.

Stone didn't elaborate, except to say that the idea "came to him in a dream". The proposal was all just a bit of fun until a site called LoveCompass decided to examine it more closely.

LoveCompass makes some interesting arguments, mainly that one of Google's main rivals, Yahoo!, offers personals. Why shouldn't Google, already diversifying into contextual advertising, offer dating, now one of the web's most popular services?

GoogleGuy (the company's spokesperson who posts regularly on the WebmasterWorld bulletin boards) recently confirmed to me that the company was "happy to take suggestions from anywhere" so, who knows, perhaps they'll consider this one.

Of course, Google would have to do things differently. Perhaps it could offer a
dating service
specifically aimed at geeks, based on compatible genome sequences?

Hmmm, I feel (another) science fiction novel brewing...

Comments

4 comments

Louise Vandeer / October 4, 2003 12:22 PM / #

Someone's beaten them to it. Check out Geek Personals.

Andrey | LoveCompass Personals / November 4, 2003 10:26 AM / #

Thank you Michael for mentioning us. News tell that Google tried to buy Friendster, so as you see we all were not too wrong, eh? :) Take care.

Michael Heraghaty / November 4, 2003 8:13 PM / #

Hi Andrey, thanks for the comment. Yeah, I had read yesterday about Google trying to buy Friendster ... so maybe they really are taking ideas from the outside web.

The only thing is -- will you get any credit for it?!!!

Andrey | LoveCompass Personals / December 13, 2003 4:20 AM / #

LOL, I am afraid we will gain nothing but a strong competitor ;)

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