Whack

Who wudda thunk an audience would fill a theater for a one-man play about using Google?

My wife called yesterday and said through her work we could have front row seats for the opening of Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure. I’m sworn to secrecy about not giving away the plot, but I laughed so hard my sides are still healing.

The show is one man’s adventure of chasing down the people behind “googlewhacks” the bizarre combination of two words put into Google that result in only one search result:

It started when I received an e-mail from a stranger telling me that I was a googlewhack. I didn’t know what a googlewhack was. Now I do.

A googlewhack is what happens when two words are entered in to Google and it comes back with one and only one hit. So when the stranger told me that I was a googlewhack, he didn’t mean that my name Dave Gorman was one… he meant that my website contained one.

At the time, googlewhacking seemed to be a pleasant enough distraction. Just something to do while sitting at my computer thinking about how to start writing my novel. I had no idea it was about to take over my life. I tried to resist it but things happened. Lots of things.

And you gotta like a guy who’s stage prop is a G4 PowerBook– and it was used live during the show.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.