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Sunday, May 23, 2010

There’s an interesting article in today’s New York Times about a large search-engine company whose name is just two letters away from the word “poodle.”

Poodle image courtesy of American Kennel Club.

Read the article. That’s all I’m going to say because I learned my lesson. I complained about my “poodle” search results in blog posts published on January 6, 2008, and January 15, 2008 … and on January 17, 2008, my blog was accused of being spam and shut down for 12 days. Coincidence? Only “poodle” knows for sure.

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23 Responses to “Search Engine Self-Censorship”

  1. Ummm, at the risk of their wrath, the story is spot-on. If anything, it understates the reality.

    Smiles at you Miss Wendy,

  2. Poodles are good. I love poodles. I am going to keep loving poodles until I get my blog switched over to WordPress—then I might dare to say how I really feel about “poodles”.;:-)

  3. Poodle is seriously imposing. It posts every remark one leaves on the ‘net. And I can’t tell you creepy it is that there’s a picture of my house on google maps with a half shot of the interior – a sunny day and shades up. A little intimidated by wordpress but getting more ready to try again.

  4. Oy vey! I HATE the pic of my house taken the ONLY time my car was parked outside. Pisses me off to no end, where’s the privacy? Ugh.

  5. Cameron says:

    Poodle is the New World Order Dubya’s daddy first mentioned a long time ago. Welcome to the panopticon, yo!

    • Someone says:

      Well, Dubya was the one who pushed the Patriot Act. If that’s not Big Brothering I don’t know what is. (It was Orwell who is best known for what Foucault took to panopticon proportions.) Dubya and his ilk WANT totalitarian control, as long as it’s them doing the controlling. Plus, they are all in favor of corporate power, and this is nothing if not that.

      I don’t like the power of poodles either.

  6. Rosie says:

    As a child of the computer age, I find poodles positively terrifying. The basis of my life has been: don’t know? Poodle it. So this pretty much puts everything I know and live by into jeopardy.

    I’m just thankful that street view probably won’t come to my part of the world anytime soon.

  7. Shawn says:

    Wow—scary stuff going on with Poodle sites, huh? I had no idea!

  8. Twelve days?!? My goodness. Whoa…poodles can be very scary.

  9. I shall heed your lesson and not mess with the poodle!

  10. diya says:

    I’m even afraid to comment on this post after hearing your 12-day shutdown but I HAD to comment to agree with you that poodle’s monopoly is a bit scary…

  11. Lenya Jones says:

    Oh dear. Too scared to actually say something that might mean something.

  12. Eric says:

    Well that soulds like a bunch of Porsche bits.

  13. 12 days eh?! wow that\’s intense!!

  14. This is FREAKING me out. And poodle maps has been plaguing our stupid new website design for 34th street – it’s got all the stores in the middle of Broadway.

  15. Miss Janey says:

    Lesson learned.

  16. We can rant and rave about the great “poodle” all we want…but it owns us all.

  17. Tania says:

    Ah, poodle’s not that bad. It’s the best out there usually, but I agree, shoot first, ask qutestions later is irritating. I liked the PacMan though!


  18. jennine says:

    the only monopoly i fear is AT&T… they have the real power, i tried to use other services, but even to get internet, i had to use AT&T… there was no choice in the matter.

    as far as poodle, they forget they got all their power because they had ‘democratic’ search results…i remember way back when they first started, i was excited because the most popular pages rose to the top of the search results as opposed to yahoo, which had sponsored results all at the top (but they still didn’t own everything you used on the web). ah those were the days.

    poodle owns us all for now. but even giant like microsoft are now crippled by their own greed…that and lack of vision.

  19. enc says:

    Too many monopolies in this country.

  20. Alya says:

    Oh my goodness! Coincidence? I think not.

  21. Alicia says:


    I’ve always said that Poodle is the new Skynet…mark my words.