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feminismismism and the death of the googlewhack

July 21st, 2009 by marcus

The googlewhack is dead and it’s all twitter’s fault.

Last night i inadvertently stumbled across a googlewhack. Well sort of – i actually entered a single made-up word and it came back with one result. Technically, a googlewhack is meant to be when you enter two words into a search engine and come up with only one result. Obviously in the age of billions of pages being searched finding any word or combination of words that have only been mentioned once is exceedingly rare.

Last night i entered a single word: feminismismism (long story – you had to be there) into google and come up with this single result. No, i have no idea what it’s about or why it comes up either. Then again feminismismism isn’t technically an actual word so i can hardly complain when google brings up nonsense.

So why is the googlewhack dead? If you’ve run the search already you would know. Because i was excited, i stupidly posted my discovery via twitter. As of this morning, the term now has three entries courtesy of my tweet. One of them even included my friend Dave Sag warning me that i’d fucked it by posting it.

It makes it pretty tricky to share a googlewhack. I am declaring the googlewhack dead by social media and I am laying the blame sqaurely at twitter — and feminismismism.

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  • 1 rosiex Jul 21, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    did you try cyberfeminismismism? x

  • 2 marcus Jul 21, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    @rosie I did just then. I’ve got nothing yet but i’m sure if both promise to never speak of it again this post will eventually be the googlewhack.