It's All Like... What?

Google phrase searches can produce results that seem like random answers to a Rorschach test—only more amusing. Here are the top results (on a day in July 2008) for “The Internet is like...”:

  • “a vast uncataloged library”

  • “a vagina”

  • “Joey Bishop”

  • “a series of tubes”

  • “Microsoft”

  • “alcohol in some sense”

  • “a newspaper”

  • “going down the Chinese road”

Closer to home, “Linux is like...”:

  • “switching from a car to a motorcycle”

  • “a pizza”

  • “ice cream—too many flavors to choose”

  • “a fixed-wheel bicycle”

  • “turning on your first computer and figuring out what all those weird boxes did”

  • “a common cold”

  • “a whole new species”

  • “Ubuntu, only different”

Our hat tip for this observation goes to reader Mike Warot.

Linux Journal 's editorial vision is led by David “Doc” Searls, named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in IT by eWeek. Doc is the co-author of the best selling Cluetrain Manifesto and author of The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge. He is a fellow at the Center for Information Technology & Society (CITS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. You can contact Editor-in-Chief Doc Searls via e-mail, ljeditor@linuxjournal.com.

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