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WordPl@y

June 8, 2005

Update

I don’t usually revise posts dramatically once they are done, but I’m making an exception in this case. You see, it appears that our little challenge that we set up for the speaker pool at @media has had some interesting results. If you aren’t sure what exactly we are all referring to, Andy Clarke explains the @media speaker challenge very well.

The interesting bit is that doing this has vaulted these sites to the top of Google search results pages (I won’t link to the searches, but you can certainly figure out how to get the search results). I guess that isn’t too surprising, but what concerned me the most is that without at least some decent explanation, or some other context/content, we might be seen as trying to trick the search engines. And that wouldn’t be cool.

Again, here’s the original list, in order from first speaker to last speaker. Cindy Li has also posted a photo of our @media word list. And, as Molly mentions, it was too bad that Robin wasn’t able to play along. He couldn’t make the dinner, but would have done a bang-up job with whatever word he was handed, I’m sure.

  1. Bujumbura
  2. Prestidigitation
  3. Raconteur
  4. Superannuation
  5. Perinaeum
  6. Beefcake
  7. Phalangist
  8. Masturbatory
  9. Anthropomorphize
  10. Didactic
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9 Responses

Comment by Ethan — Jun 08 2005 @ 8:07 pm

The hell? :)

Comment by Jeremy Flint — Jun 08 2005 @ 9:45 pm

I am wondering the same thing Ethan.

Possibly an experiment in search engine results?

Comment by ghola — Jun 09 2005 @ 12:23 am

Try feeding “Bujumbura Prestidigitation Raconteur Superannuation Perinaeum Beefcake Phalangist Masturbatory Anthrompomorphize Didactic” to Google and it will ask you if you meant “Bujumbura Prestidigitation Raconteur Superannuation Perinaeum Beefcake Phalangist Masturbatory Anthropomorphize Didactic”

Neither returns any results…

Comment by Robert Wellock — Jun 10 2005 @ 6:16 am

Makes sense to me.

Comment by Faruk AteÅŸ — Jun 10 2005 @ 6:25 pm

Hilarious idea, Derek. Absolutely fantastic

Also, it was very good to finally meet you. I’m already looking forward to the next conference where we’ll both attend (or speak, or some combination of that). :-)

Keep an eye out for my article on your @media session! :)

Comment by Matthew Pennell — Jun 11 2005 @ 1:25 am

Was it part of the plan that they became more and more obvious as the day went on? I missed Jeremy’s altogether, Molly’s was a bit of a double-take, but by the time we got to Andy I think everyone (even those not in the know) had figured out what was going on…

(and this is going to throw up some weird search results for you guys) ;)

Comment by Andy Budd — Jun 11 2005 @ 3:09 pm

Great. I’m now the number three Gooogle search result for “Perinaeum”!

Comment by Faruk AteÅŸ — Jun 11 2005 @ 6:38 pm

Andy, you’re already #1 now :-)

Comment by David — Dec 11 2005 @ 1:21 pm

Now it’s v1.boxofchocolates.ca which is on the first page of Google for “Perinaeum”. :)