Thursday, January 20, 2011
The Jesus Matrix: Google Is Watching You
Full Disclosure Time: I'm able to keep tabs on what keywords bring people to this site. This won't be news to other bloggers - because we all have this capability. But the general public is pretty naive about these things. So here goes...
Last semester, fellow library student Brian dug into the newer search engine of DuckDuckGo. After using it for a while, he started preaching its virtues and if I had access to last semester's discussion boards I'd tell you what they are. Long story short - DuckDuckGo.com is an attractive alternative internet search engine to Google.
Wired magazine recently featured an article about DDG and its sole founder/coder Gabriel Weinberg: DuckDuckGo Challenges Google on Privacy (With a Billboard - 1/19/11 / Ryan Singel. According to this article - via a billboard near SanFran, DuckDuckGo points out to the innocent masses that Google tracks, shares and stores the keywords that lead people to certain sites. DDG does not. By tracking keywords, companies (often spammy online companies) take advantage of the keywords you use to lure you to their site. The debate also points out that alternative search engines such as DuckDuckGo can brag about this because DDG isn't big enough to attract spammy sites and companies the way spam/scams/The Mans target Google.
The article also labels people, like fellow library student Brian, who use and prefer search engines like DDG as "alpha geeks." Who doesn't want to be an Alpha Geek?!!! Seriously.
One thing DDG has going for it? Library students and librarians (many who are alpha geeks - regardless of sex) recommend it to people who are over/under-whelmed by Google.
WTF does this have to do with Jesus?
All Time Highs for the past year (less than a year - Google hasn't shared stats on Blogger until a few months ago).
Keith Green: yep - believe me - people treat him like a god/prophet/rock-star. Keith is Contemporary Christian Music's Elvis.
Pastor Melissa Scott: within this category Hot4Jesus also attracts the following hits: well endowed women in church; hot women/female pastors; hot female christian preachers; hot pastors; sexy women in church.
Next in line for salaciousness:
michele bachmann hot: within this category - hot for jesus; hot michele bachmann photos; michele bachmann sexy; michele bachmann milf.
Hot Jesus: I see lots of NSFW keyword searches regarding Jesus. No big surprise since in part this blog is dedicated to the Virility of Jesus. One of the most recent keyword searches via Google is hot jesus porn.
Finally - lots of people show up here because of the presence of Gael Garcia Bernal. I don't blame them. Recently, there has been an onslaught of people looking for Christian Bale. What I wouldn't do to see those two in the same frame on the silver screen!
I've seen a few Jesus Metaphor keyword searches - and I'd like to see more - but not going to kid myself. Sex (& Keith Green) Sells. Just ask Christianity. Too bad I'm not selling you anything here.
So - in the name of lack of privacy - consider yourself warned. Also - consider this an education - or a thought-provoker about internet privacy. Do you even care that Google tracks, stores, and shares what keywords you use to find sites?
If you do, consider the options found in the article above. I myself didn't start using Google until a couple years ago. By default, I searched via MSN - now Bing. As a library student, I challenge and encourage you, and myself, to become just a little less reliant on Google. You might be surprised where your non-Google searches lead you.