Christ, What an Asshole
June 4, 2009 3:26 PM   Subscribe

Google Introduces Google Showcase. "Discover new and interesting gadgets and themes as you browse iGoogle homepages created by world-renowned celebrities and thought leaders. Like what you see? Add stuff to your own homepage with just a click." Deepak Chopra. Ashton Kutcher. The Donald.
posted by LarryC (45 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Is this the dumbest Google initiative so far?
posted by LarryC at 3:27 PM on June 4, 2009 [1 favorite]

Who even uses igoogle? And why would they want Deepak Chopra on it?

Google is releasing too much nonsense lately.

Also, The "Author, The 4-Hour Workweek", one of the creators of Guitar Hero, Shawn Fanning and Seth Godin? Seriously?
posted by delmoi at 3:32 PM on June 4, 2009 [2 favorites]

Aside from the question of whether one would even want to use this, the little comments next to each gadget in the A La Carte section read like they're automatically generated. If I were Deepak Chopra, I'd be a bit concerned if Google implied that I ever said (regarding the NY Times) something as inane as: "I spend a lot of time in NY and find this publication helpful."
posted by doubleozaphod at 3:36 PM on June 4, 2009 [1 favorite]

world-renowned celebrities and thought leaders... Ashton Kutcher. The Donald.

I see what you did there.
posted by quin at 3:36 PM on June 4, 2009 [3 favorites]

I have always wanted to know what celebrities' Excite homepages looked like!
posted by m0nm0n at 3:36 PM on June 4, 2009 [1 favorite]

You know, I really hate your-favorite-[whatever]-sucks sniping, but that list has nobody whose interests and thoughts intrigue me in the slightest. I don't care that they have people I'm not interested in. But I'm surprised they couldn't find at least one person I am interested in.

They're marketing to my evil alternate universe self, the one who's worn a goatee since he was old enough to shave.
posted by ardgedee at 3:37 PM on June 4, 2009

Deepak Chopra? I thought Google employees were meant to be smart.
posted by chorltonmeateater at 3:37 PM on June 4, 2009

Jesus tapdancing christ on crutches, this is... awful. Do people really give this much of a shit about celebrities?
posted by dunkadunc at 3:38 PM on June 4, 2009

Google blue celebrity vomit
posted by 2sheets at 3:39 PM on June 4, 2009

Wow, look at all the TED wannabees (or usedtobees, as the case may be).
posted by doctor_negative at 3:41 PM on June 4, 2009

I use iGoogle, mainly just to get a quick glance at new Cracked and BBC News articles. No, really.

This does suck though. I installed the Kutcher one and in my attempts to remove it I ended up installing it several more times, one tab on top of the other. That wasn't nice to my decade old computer, Kutcher sure loves his lame web shit.
posted by Science! at 3:42 PM on June 4, 2009

So, how does this compare in terms of stupid to Kanye's blog?
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 3:47 PM on June 4, 2009

Ryan Seacrest:
I'm your host for all things music.
I'm also your host for all things entertainment!
One more! I'm your host of American Idol.
I'm always on top of viral videos!

Yeah, this was pretty much my reaction too.
posted by permafrost at 3:57 PM on June 4, 2009 [1 favorite]

heh. Now Google can be just like Windows Live Spaces! EXCITEMENTS!
posted by Artw at 3:57 PM on June 4, 2009

Google's obviously jealous that they weren't around for the big "home page" boom of 1996.
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 3:59 PM on June 4, 2009 [2 favorites]

Hah, this reminds me of Uplister (circa 2000/2001), who had playlists from people, including people you might know (also: Madonna and Moby might have posted a playlist or two). Market plans: unknown. But at least some hungry college students got a giant box of fortune cookies with custom Uplister fortunes, as well as t-shirts and coasters.

Google: the next dot-com boom?
posted by filthy light thief at 4:01 PM on June 4, 2009

I have used iGoogle for years as a personal start page. It's always made it easy to dump RSS feeds from my preferred news sources into an assemblage of boxes. It's certainly the first web app I recall ever offering drag-and-drop, too, which you could use to rearrange your boxes. The "gadgets" library has a few gems in it, though mostly I use it to create a big quilt of my favorite RSS feeds. Nice to have Gmail and GCal well integrated.

Beats Hell, all that page can do is search the web. It is pretty stupid to showcase celebrity gadget picks as a marketing technique, but hey, here we are talking about it.
posted by scarabic at 4:07 PM on June 4, 2009

What a load of useless, confusing, widget-y, Keith Urban endorsed crap.
posted by fire&wings at 4:08 PM on June 4, 2009

Does Ashton Kutcher do anything besides be Ashton Kutcher for a consideration anymore?
posted by mph at 4:21 PM on June 4, 2009 [1 favorite]

I just got a good chuckle when I realized I found my way here via the "MetaFilter" box on my iGoogle page.
posted by scarabic at 4:26 PM on June 4, 2009

So, Chopra is a PC, and now he's a Google too. Way to hedge your bets, Deepak.
posted by qvantamon at 4:29 PM on June 4, 2009

hey look, its shawn fanning! remember him?!
posted by Mach5 at 4:31 PM on June 4, 2009

no, I don't.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 4:35 PM on June 4, 2009

also, i'm surprised vint cerf uses igoogle. i figured he'd be telnetting to 80 and handcrafting POST's.
posted by Mach5 at 4:35 PM on June 4, 2009 [2 favorites]

thought leaders

Excuse me, I think I need to get some new business cards printed up...
posted by blenderfish at 4:54 PM on June 4, 2009

Is this the dumbest Google initiative so far?

It's obviously best of the web. Someone posted it to Metafilter.
posted by eyeballkid at 4:55 PM on June 4, 2009

First, I carefully examined the headshots, and Christ, What An Asshole does not appear. Would that s/he did. Second, I use iGoogle and quite like it. But Goog + CEWEBRITY = stooooopid.

Seth Godin? Christ.
posted by mwhybark at 5:08 PM on June 4, 2009 [1 favorite]

i'm surprised vint cerf uses igoogle

Well, I'm not sure any of these people necessarily _use_ igoogle (hardly a requirement for something like this). However, Vint Cerf does _work_ at Google.
posted by wildcrdj at 5:24 PM on June 4, 2009

I don't get it. By the looks of it I don't want to. I set ig for the news RSS a while back. I hardly ever look at it now.
posted by Nauip at 5:26 PM on June 4, 2009

I have an iGoogle tab dedicated to the RSS tables of contents of professional journals I'm interested in. My other tabs are for sites where going to visit is a significant component of the experience (like) MeFi, or which update sporadically--I cluster these thematically.

I lurve my iGoogle.
posted by Decimask at 6:00 PM on June 4, 2009

Google is clearly suffering from Twitter-celeb-envy.
posted by Slothrup at 6:03 PM on June 4, 2009 [1 favorite]

I had never heard of Seth Godin until the Susan Hires a Boss thread, and now he's here too. Is he something you'd have to be a "thought leader" to know about?
posted by brundlefly at 6:17 PM on June 4, 2009

Yeah, file this under "There's too much talk of Twitter which might affect our ridiculously high stock valuation so we'd better increase the stream of new product announcements to keep us in the press which will hopefully keep everyone else thinking we're worth 18 hundred million times more than other companies."
posted by mediareport at 6:25 PM on June 4, 2009

Quit puking on the iGoogle celebrity endorsement gimmick. Me thinks these showcases are not for people who already use iGoogle.

Setting up iGoogle to work the way you want it to takes time. Now they have entire pre-made combos for the uninitiated. Think: "Hey! That Depak guy! I read his books! I bet his homepage set-up would be like mine!" Etc. Etc.

Google doesn't need to appease the savy users for market shares. If they wanted, they probably could've asked that guy who wrote Getting Things Done to make a sample iGoogle page. The motive for who they chose instead was probably linked who they want to see coming to their website.

There's a whole below the water-line-iceburg of internet users who still have the default ie start page as their homepage. I bet these are the same people who never heard of Twitter until Rick Sanchez , Kutcher or Oprah. These are the same people Google is targeting.
posted by phyrewerx at 6:42 PM on June 4, 2009

Seth Godin? Christ.

You put those thought leaders in the wrong order.

Actually, I would love to see a page full of random Jesus snippets like:

I come not to bring peace, but to bring a sword.
O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
And that time when there were only one set of footprints? You were acting like a real asshole, so I didn't want to be seen with you.

posted by Sidhedevil at 6:47 PM on June 4, 2009 [1 favorite]

While Chopra has his own blog as a widget on his own iGoogle page, I shall continue to vomit on the iGoogle celebrity endorsement gimmick thankyouverymuch.
posted by pyrex at 6:49 PM on June 4, 2009

I once saw Seth Godin eat a live bug off a watermelon at a Westchester Stop & Shop.

Is that what's required to be featured on a Googly page of celeries?
posted by dbiedny at 7:02 PM on June 4, 2009

Wait, is it April Fools' Day again already?
posted by aught at 7:23 PM on June 4, 2009

Impressive work from people with high GPAs from some of the top schools around, supposedly.
posted by raysmj at 7:41 PM on June 4, 2009

Yeah, this is pretty lame. I doubt most of these people use their purported pages on a regular basis, if at all.

Fortunately, all is forgiven with the introduction of this incredibly cool navigation tool for Street View.
posted by Rhaomi at 9:00 PM on June 4, 2009

Which is cooler, following Ashton Kutcher on Twitter or using his iGoogle theme?
posted by andoatnp at 5:30 AM on June 5, 2009

Wyclef is a humanitarian? Is that why he's not releasing any more records?
posted by criticalbill at 7:14 AM on June 5, 2009

another igoogle user votes for : what the hell is the point of this
posted by criticalbill at 7:16 AM on June 5, 2009

tags for this thread are the best part of this thread
posted by mcstayinskool at 8:15 AM on June 5, 2009

tags for this thread are the best part of this thread

Considering that the tags are tired, unfunny and not really accurate, I agree with your assessment.
posted by eyeballkid at 9:01 AM on June 5, 2009

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