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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Google Wins at Trivia, Too

All search engines but Google were, true to form, only moderately competent in last night's Search Bowl trivia game, hosted by Danny Sullivan, who quaffed "girly drinks" while making loud sarcastic comments throughout. Alex Trebek's job is not in jeopardy.

Yahoo seemed savviest, but they had a penchant for losing points after winning them. Two steps forward... one step back... etc.

The search marketers team had the loudest cheering section, but the most woeful performance. Todd Friesen seemed to be cheerfully swimming over his head in a pool made up largely of draft beer. His teammate Ian Lurie made frequent biting references to the quality of Todd's answers, to say nothing of the quality of Danny's questions.

The contest was full of trick questions. For example, Derrick Wheeler of Microsoft more-or-less-correctly identified The Open Directory Project's original name as Newhoo. But asked to spell it, he failed to identify the real answer - Gnuhoo. They changed it to Newhoo after the open source community complained. Eventually Yahoo bitched too and they moved onto ODP/dmoz.

Now yours truly was nominated for the team, but conveniently, I placed third, sneaking strategically (thanks chums!) one vote behind Todd. Ian won the gently-rigged popularity contest with a lurid 51 votes. This means my perfect record remains intact and I can smugly say "I coulda done better." Especially at rigging votes in Diebold-like fashion, which I am starting to enjoy.

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