Sunday, January 10, 2010

The 4DK Search Term Tweet-a-thon

Never let it be said that I don't take requests. Case in point: One of my fellow bloggers asked that I share with the world the various search terms -- culled via the ever handy Google Analytics -- that bring people to this blog. The assumption behind this, I think, was that the search terms used by my potential readers would somehow be more perverse and nasty than those associated with the sites of some of my peers. I have no idea where this assumption might have come from.

Okay, yes I do. If you've ever written the words "rape", "midget", the term "face pissing", or the name "Amrish Puri" on your blog -- to which I respond "guilty", "guilty", "guilty" and "oh, hell yes" -- doing a survey of your search terms can be a pretty dispiriting exercise. It's not all bad news, though. Rather than being off-puttingly pervy, some of them are merely puzzling, often amusing, and occasionally rich with pathos. Of course, there's also an awful lot of the off-puttingly pervy stuff, too.

So, yes, I am going to share. But it occurred to me that the bite-sized format of the search term was ideal for Twitter. So, rather than just posting a list of my favorites, I'll be tweeting them at odd intervals -- with original grammar and spelling held sacrosanct, of course -- for twenty-four hours starting at 5 pm today (Sunday). I think that this will provide all of you who are in the know with a better opportunity to really appreciate these isolated explosions of Tourettes-like search speak in all of their beautiful randomness. Everyone else will just think I'm drunk as fuck.

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houseinrlyeh said...

This will lead to some very interesting bots following you on Twitter, I'm sure.

Beth said...

The labels you put on this post are also awesome.

I very rarely look at the search terms that bring people to BLB. And now I will have to, obviously.

Todd said...

House: Yes, and also me losing those few actual flesh-and-blood followers that I have. But it's a sacrifice that must be made.

Beth: Yes, have a look. And then tweet along, if you'd like.

memsaab said...

That may actually get me onto Twitter!

And yes, I plead guilty to feeling somehow that your search terms would be more...interesting...than mine. Not necessarily perverse, but interesting!

"Rich with pathos"...niiiiiiiiice :D

sunil said...

that was fun!

Keith said...

Search strings are a terrifying and hilarious look into the dark heart of human obsession. I'm in. I'll post a search term of the day in our righthand nav bar (my twitter feed is too full of important professional info, like things about how I like cake")

Keith said...

No sooner did I post that than I had an awstats failure that wiped all my data. Oh well. I'll pick this up again in a few months

Todd said...

The thought of all that crude poetry being lost to the ages like that breaks my heart.