Contextual dating and ads on the moon

Two items just in:

First, Google to advertise on the moon, a article by one Arif Pollo, published today. "In the most wide-scale advertising attempt ever known, Google plans to brand its logo into the surface of the moon so that it is visible from Earth."

Meanwhile, back on Earth, Google has today launched Google Romance (Beta), "a place where you can post all types of romantic information and, using our Soulmate Search™, get back search results that could, in theory, include the love of your life."

I highly recommend clicking all of the links from the Google Romance page; there's a lot of good stuff there. I especially like this:

When you do a Soulmate Search, your deeply personal and potentially life-altering search results are produced solely by computer algorithm, without human intervention of any kind.

Note: depending on your personality, you may or may not find this reassuring.

Even the press release is worth reading (all the way through, including the "About" section), especially if you've been following news about Google in the past couple of months.

The FAQ is good, too. And the error pages are perhaps my favorite parts.

2 Responses to “Contextual dating and ads on the moon”

  1. Kathleen

    Funny stuff, both. Thanks for posting!

    I can’t be the only one who immediately thought of Chairface Chippendale, can I?

  2. jacob

    I found Google Romance to be just awfully awfully funny.

    …ha ha, wasn’t that amusing and harmless and mostly in good taste and not all psychologically damaging under various and sundry aspects of contemporary tort law, please don’t sue us…

    See, this is the kind of thing that, when you we’re trying to decide whether to go work at Google, made everyone say “What? Why wouldn’t you want to work at Google?”

    I know that working at a company that is willing to be corporately goofy doesn’t necessarily mean your day-to-day worklife will be perfect. (But it’s a start, I would think.)

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