Portent Staff // Jul 24 2009
Like every morning, I began today with a sane dose of looking around my iGoogle dashboard, checking email, reading important news, and consuming my Calvin and Hobbes comic of the day. What grabbed my unexpecting eyes was the iGoogle search box. This is an important feature. It gives me quick access to all things Google. Today, when I used the iGoogle search box, something different happened, something unexpected. Today would be an exciting day.
Earlier I overheard my co-workers talking about a juicy post in FAILBlog. When you hear something like this and are sitting in front of a plugged-in powered-up computer connected to the internet, well, naturally you go searching for it.
As I typed my query into the iGoogle search box Google Suggest gave me the failblog.org/ URL as a suggestion.
Google Suggest also gave me a blue underlined hyperlink. This was quite unexpected.
Curious, I tried other variations. Let’s try… s-u-c-c-e-s-s?
Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Next attempt, n-y-t.
I fire out another reliable source of news. C-N…
Talk about confidence. I didn’t even finish typing that query.
What other source of reliable information and news can I think of? W-I-K-I-P-E-D-I-A
No link. That’s strange.
How is it that FAILBlog gets a link while Wikipedia doesn’t?
This begs the question, what’s wrong with Wikipedia’s relationship with Google? Wikipedia is a juggernaut. Did it somehow make Google unhappy? Or could it be that Google just doesn’t want to share all of its toys?
Google Suggest Links. What will they think of next?