26 Nov 2004
A while back I stumbled upon this Chinese site called “Gccgle.” The name can only be a lame rip on Google’s name, and yet the site posts a copyright notice inviting users to take note that the site’s name shouldn’t be confused with Google’s because “Gccgle” has two Cs instead of Os. Please.
Gccgle’s Chinese name is ¿á¹·Íø. I guess it would translate as something like “cool dog network.” ¿á¹· (k¨´g¨¯u) sounds similar to “Google” to Chinese ears. (But remember, it’s not the same!)
The Gccgle people claim to be Pagerank experts. One of the services offered is a boost in Pagerank. I have my doubts about a company with such a shameless name, but they actually did produce a program (Chinese interface) that’s kind of cool, when it isn’t freezing up. The software tells you where in Google’s rankings your site turns up for a certain search. For example, I could put in “www.sinosplice.com” as the site, and then “supermodel emo band” and discover that my site ranks #48 for this search without actually having to scroll through the search results on Google’s page. The advanced search lets you do multiple searches for a site at once. Could be useful. The program froze up after a couple of searches every time I used it, though.
Oh, and if there was any doubt as to the company’s lack of integrity regarding copyright issues, it’s partners with a site called google8.net. Google8.net’s logo is Google’s with an 8 added on the end. Pathetic.