So, Google Instant launched today, and already folks have noticed that some searches fail to yield the “instant” treatment. Yep, naughty searches get the big “no no” from Google, but then again so do searches for Violet Blue and Tiny Nibbles. So far it doesn’t appear to be a total slight against Violet, as Techyum still triggers Instant. “Violet Blue” produces mostly stuff about the sex educator, and not the porn star who formerly used the same name. Perhaps the SERPs for that and “Tiny Nibbles” both have a few too many mentions of “sex” for teh Google’s liking?
UPDATE: Thanks for the comments so far…I love hearing everyones take on this. A couple points came up in the comments that are worth noting here.
First point: Google doesn’t seem to be at odds with the word “sex” so I updated the title of this post. I’d originally thought “Open Source Sex” was the cause of the blocking of Violet and her site from instant search. Instead, it appears Google Instant is actually taking issue with surfacing results including the word “porn” (or various porn-related searches for that matter). Go ahead, try it out for yourself.
Second point: After posting I kicked myself for not double-checking search settings…did I have “safe search” turned on accidentally? Surely that must be the case! Well, I had safe search set to “Moderate” when I did my initial tests. After switching to “Do not filter my search results” I am happy to report that there is no change. Google Instant still suppresses search results for anything Google deems porn-related. Not good. I have another post brewing about search relevance, Google Instant’s “war on the Enter key,” and content curation. Alas, that will have to wait for a bit as it’s not quite ready to go. Soon.
Lastly, I updated my original post, specifically the sentence regarding the “porn star of the same name” after reading Violet’s correction. How could I forget that whole chapter of history? Apologies for the gaff, Violet. For those who didn’t check out her post yet, here’s what she had to say:
The porn performer who used my name in her performances, Ada Mae Johnson, acknowledged on record in Federal court years ago that she had no right to use my name as her stage name in anything, ever, (or to occasionally dress up like me when she did so). There is no “porn star of the same name.”
Do take a minute to read Violet’s full post over on Tiny Nibbles, and be sure to check out the video she embedded of one of her two tech talks she gave at (drumroll) the Googleplex.