On Saturday, April 28th, 2007, Fred Wilson (venture capitalist, blogger, and noted blog bling enthusiast) posted about adding the lijit search widget to his popular blog.
On Sunday, April 29th, 2007, Fred Wilson posted about the fact that “widgets suck” was the most popular search displayed in his lijit search widget tag cloud, suggesting that if his readers “really think that widgets suck, keep typing it in.”
It appears that the Internet has spoken…for what it’s worth.
As of midday on Monday, April 30th, 2007, the top search displayed on Fred Wilson’s lijit widget is no longer widgets suck. The top search is booger, followed by pants, then socks, with widgets suck all the way back in fourth place.
One of the biggest problems with social software, you see, is that there are people attached to it.
I’ll leave it to the reader to decide whether the title of this post refers to:
- Leaving debugging notes like “you should never see this” in your code, so that your users know exactly what it is they shouldn’t be seeing.
- The very existence of a social networking site that does nothing but show you a graph of how much your “friends” in the network like you.
I actually put this together when I couldn’t sleep Saturday night, but I didn’t really tell anyone about it until I couldn’t sleep Sunday night, so there wasn’t really any traffic the first day it was live. Not that there’s all that much traffic now, of course. Anyway, now, when I can’t sleep tonight, I’m telling all of you about it:
I saw Sarah Vowell introduce Ira Glass at a speaking engagement a couple of years ago. In the course of the introduction she made the assertion that Ira Glass is God. While I can appreciate her point of view, and this idea has led to some interesting theological discussions, my own beliefs have led me to undertake a much less faith-based initiative: determining whether the general public accepts the proposition that Ira Glass is a rock star.
In my heart of hearts I know without question that Ira Glass is a rock star, but I’m curious to see how far this realization has spread. The mechanism for discovery is a simple quiz that boils down to one question: when forced to make a choice, will you identify Ira Glass as God, as a rock star, or as something else entirely?
Go now. Let your voice be heard on the very important question of whether or not Ira Glass is a rock star. Or just go to sleep. Whatever.