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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 - 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?

Like I said - because this Hot4Jesus blog is via Blogger/Google - and because I use other means to track traffic - I know what brings people to this site. I thought I'd let you in all the dirty little secrets I have stored up about what keywords people use regarding the Hot4Jesus take on religion. I also want to make it perfectly clear that I don't really pay that much attention to it - not enough to track down IP addresses - I'm not that geeky. Also - this site generates NO revenue for me. If I were in the money making business here - every other post would be dedicated to the following topics

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.
For those geeks who found this post hoping for a discussion about Neo, Keanu, Jesus and The Matrix... come back another time.  I'll get around to it.


Shanghai_or_Bust said...

whatever. i read the whole article with one eye. the other ogled your silhouette on the right. at least, i wish it were yours.

Christine Vyrnon said...

SoB :) That's the Spirit! Impressed with the multitasking. It could be my silhouette - though I wouldn't be caught dead in those heels.

Seeing Eye Chick said...

Oh Christine, I am going to tell you some bad news now. Bing and Yahoo, they collaborate with Google heavily and use Google as a metasearch engine. So even when you youse sites like bing and yahoo, technically you are still using google. And I discovered last year that Google allows corporations and possibly our government to alter its algorythmns which affects it's searches. A friend brought this to my attention and had me try it out. During the height of the BP Oil Spill, Any blog, or small town news piece from the Gulf etc., didn't show up at the top of the search even if said story[s] should have had higher serps due to key word, hits, theme, etc., I will never look at google the same again. They did with Google, things that Cas Sunstein advocated before he was handed his hat. It was ugly. And then when the artifically induced lack of interest peaked, it stopped. So it lasted from about Early June to September thereabouts. I know BP paid for their stuff to be put in Sponsor positions on Google Pages, but this went way beyond that. That being said I will try Duck Duck Go--Thank you.

Seeing Eye Chick said...

Egads you can tell I have only just had my first sips of coffee by above post. oops ;)

The trick when Google did that was to type in your search parameters and then when the initial results page popped up, you had to click on page 20 and then 40--and then maybe the news that should have been on page on might pop up. It was as if, there was a program that reversed the Serps and Terps on certain terms that had to do with BP, Oil Spill, Gulf of Mexico, Oil, Corexit, Dispersant, Macondo, Well, etc.,

Christine Vyrnon said...

SEC - you bring up an interesting point about Bing/Yahoo getting back-up from Google. We library students love to diss Google for all sorts of reasons - and this only adds to the dilemma... though Google is not without its merits (kind of like McDonalds).

To all DDG lurkers: Care to expound on to what extent DDG derives any results from Google (via Yahoo...) - or not? I'll give you a moment to respond anonymously, and if you're of no help, I'm going to have to play reference librarian with myself... and get back to all interested parties.

I have a related post in the works for my Jesus-free blog: teandoranges - where I can get geeky without having to bring JC into the mess. Keep an eye out...

Seeing Eye Chick said...

I must be super tired: Algorithms--LOL and TSPRs and SERPs. Topic Search Page Rankings and Search Engine Results Page.

I checked out DuckDuckGo and it looks interesting. I haven't tried any serious searches on it or Scroogle yet. But still--very interesting.

Kold_Kadavr_flatliner said...

Want this sinfull mortal to say sumtin pretty erotic, huh? Ummm... Hmmm... O, I know. I'd definitely looove to make love with you soft, slow, and smooth for ten days in Heaven; how I'd looove to be as one with you. What??? BLASPHEMY!!! How #@!! dare you!!! Girl, if you lookit our 'closenmyeyes' blog, you'll see what I mean. Nevertheless, I reeeeelly would hate to lose you to the Dark Side, but, again, that's your choice. However, I'd looove to be your own, personal servant, the teacher/student relationship, 1-on-1, in the Great Beyond. Read my post AND my 'closenmyeyes' story and tok to me.

While I certainly respect your humanistic atheism, how far does that go? Only till you perish. I have a solution not many people even think about - in fact, with my head injury, I more-than-likely am the first. If you think this life ends at death, can I turn-you-on to believe in sex in Heaven?? In the Exclusive Landscape Upstairs, like the NYC El but muuuch better, outside the stanky litter box of earth, a Beyond-Wonderfully-Delicious-Panorama of guys or girls await you for eternity. So, here’s my peAce de resistance: doesn’t matter whether you believe or not, brudda, you’re still gonna croak in our lifelong demise; then, while our mortal bodies are recycled in the grave to make fertilizer, our indelible soul rises-up to be judged at the General Judgment. Here’s the point I want you to consider BEFORE leaving this world: sex in Heaven. If nuthin else, that alone should persuade you to get baptized-and-believe. Why not? Can’t God provide everything? Thot so. The Trinity’s just as happy you made it to the realm where the sun is ever present rather than shadows at night. Lookit, if God provides everything else, why not passionate, intimate love make’n interspersed withe length of eternity?

See, God knew the ol El Diablo would lie-like-a-rug and trick U.S. into believing sex wouldn’t ever be possible in Heaven, so why not get a buncha ho’s and condemn yourself? Lookit Eminem. You think Upstairs, we have to be stanch, hardcore blox with no feelings whatsoever; we have to sit at church and be good religious zealot with our hands in prayer 24/7 …?? 101% WRONG. If you yourself have the desire when you walk through the Pearly Gates, anything and everything and MORE is possible in the Great Beyond. I know. I’m head injured. I left this world in October ‘85. So dream BIG, America. God loves that. God loves for U.S. to ‘pull Him outta the sky’ and fantasize about where we’re going. God can and will provide if we have a seed of faith.

Type-out on your browser ‘Pascal’s wager’ …and you’ll soon realize this lifelong demise is merely the very tip-of-the-iceberg for the TWO eternities. God bless you with discernment.

Kold_Kadavr_flatliner said...

And I'll miss you if you don't make Utopia. :(

3dbloke said...

So, what is the silhouette for, other than to distract? Anyways, DuckDuckGo is new to me... looks good. Tried some searches and it returned some good finds, so I'll be using it again. Google are my usual search choice, simply because I use Chrome and it's all built-in.

Found the site via Twitter @teandoranges, btw. "Minnesota Legislators seek to make embryonic stem cell research a felony". There are some seriously stupid people in this world.

The librarian references go right over my head. That is, assuming there's some deep hidden meaning that I'm missing. Otherwise, of course, I fully get what your saying.

Christine Vyrnon said...

3dbloke - welcome - more or less. The silhouette is distracting? Too bad. Hope it proves a point to men who never had to process the sexiness of Jesus while sitting in church... or kneeling in church or while contemplating eternal life with him. Seriously - if you need the symbolism of the lady on the right spelled out for you - there may be a few things more than just the librarian references going over your head. Just saying. Welcome, nonetheless.