INTERNET SEARCH LEADER Google’s Instant Search is unlikely to become the online discovery tool of choice for some web surfers after they find out that certain interests are a no-no.
It might come as a surprise to some readers, but apparently the Internet is full of foul and inappropriate material. It appears that in developing Instant Google had this at the front of its mind and has set up the software accordingly. As such it includes a list of words and phrases for which Instant results are not provided.
Google has not released the list itself, but any bored or possibly frisky individual might have already found some of their own. For example, we tried ‘Google is evil’ and got nothing but a blank glare, sorry, blank page, from the firm. Our search was pretty tame though, and there are apparently many, many more unwelcome terms.
Fortunately, because we were getting bored of typing out playground slang, a full list is being made available online on the 2600.com website.
The list of words reads like an angry blogger’s tag cloud and includes maiden aunt offending phrases like, ‘nipples’, ‘dirty pillows’, ‘camel toe’, ‘women rapping’ and, um, ‘hairy’.
What Google has against female hip hoppers we don’t know, but some of the omissions make great sense. For example, racist terms are sidelined, as is the blush-inducing, grandma shocking, ‘motherf**ker’.
The other word you are unlikely to hear said by passing vicar – the one that begins with ‘c’ – is also a big no no. Which again is fair, unless you are penning a letter to your bank manager and hoping to do some spell checking.
A lot of the words are urban slang, so for example, camel podiatrists will find searching for information about their wards a less than Instant process, as will anyone looking for work in a factory that packs fudge. Unemployed altruists looking for a position as a missionary will also be stymied, and anyone with a rusty trombone that needs polishing will have to go through a laborious, old style Google search process.
Anyone unwise enough to ‘Google’ Jamie Oliver, the tedious cook that used to go under the moniker of ‘Naked Chef’, will also be disappointed, as any mention of the word ‘naked’ is hit with an Instant hammer blow.
We’ve asked Google for confirmation of this, or even a look at its internal list ourselves, but so far it has not been forthcoming.