One of my future Mrs.’s college classes is an economy course where she has to read a book called The World is Flat. It’s an interesting book, despite my personal distaste for college, and the snippit that she read to me today has justified the $12 price of the book.
It makes me worry about the cost of the class, though.
I don’t really think I can set this up any better than just quoting the story, and saying that the basis for the chapter is how Google is helping to ‘flatten’ the world and bring people and business together.
Testimonial from Google user-
“I just want to thank Google for teaching me how to find love. While looking for my estranged brother, I stumbled across a Mexican Web site for male strippers- and I was shocked. My brother was working as a male prostitute! The first chance I got, I flew to the city he was working at and found my brother. But more than that, I met one of his co-workers… We got married last weekend [in Mexico], and I am positive without Google’s services, I never would have found my brother, my husband, or the surprisingly lucrative nature of the male stripping industry in Mexico!! Thank you, Google!”
The book is The World Is Flat by Thomas L Friedman, and the chapter hops off from that strange talking point to tell about the top searches for google users. At the time of the writing of the book (and, given mankinds basic nature, probably anytime in Google’s history) the top search was ‘sex.’
The second? God.
Great, right there we’ve just proven the evil of the internets. People are searching for sex and God, and God is second on the list. That’s… Yeah, lets not comment on religion right now. It’s bad enough we had that Obama rant a few posts back.
What’s third? Jobs. No real suprise there.
But the fourth? Professional Wrestling.
Keep in mind, this is not just the total for North American results. So either there are either a lot of pro wrestling fans all over the world, or there are A LOT of North American pro wrestling fans.
But he does go on to mention something I hadn’t thought of, but is apparently popular. The Google Recipe Book. People look in their refridgerators, take three ingredients, google them, and see what recipes come up. Odd. I may have to try that.
But does Arm and Hammer count as two ingredients or one?