I’ve just read Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure having watched the DVD of the same name.  A googlewhack, for those who don’t know, is two words which produce only one hit when you search for them in Google. The DVD is a recording of a stand-up show that Gorman did, in which he explains his obsession with finding googlewhacks and how it led him on a round-the-world search, trying to meet people who were googlewhacks and then getting them to find him more googlewhacks to meet, in an effort to find ten in a row. I was already a bit of a fan of Gorman’s through his radio and television work (I love his show Genius and his appearances in Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive) but I wasn’t familiar with this earlier stuff. I thought that the DVD was hilarious (really, it was one of the funniest things I’d seen in ages) and so I bought the book hoping that it would expand on the show a bit. And indeed it did provide some more details, especially some of the sections that were only dealt with briefly in the show, but there were also some of the googlewhacks that were not given much attention in either (presumably because they weren’t that interesting). The book did expand on the DVD a bit, but most of the big laughs in the book were ones that was almost identical to the show. Beyond the DVD or book, the whole googlewhacking thing is fascinating. I remember reading about it years ago when it was first popular (probably around the time Gorman was writing the book in fact) and I remember searching and finding a few myself. But what really got to me was that there was no way to share the googlewhacks you’d found without rendering them non-googlewhacks, because if you published them on a website there would them be two hits when you search - the original googlewhack and then your site. I think it’s also interesting that these days, with so many more pages on the web than there were six or seven years ago, it must be much more difficult to find any googlewhacks. But back to Gorman - if I had to recommend one of the two (DVD or book), I’d say see the DVD before reading the book, as the book isn’t quite a funny as the show, and only worth picking up if you really enjoyed the DVD. But overall I would recommend the whole Googlewhack Adventure thing, it’s great.

I’ve just read Dave Gorman’s Googlewhack Adventure having watched the DVD of the same name. A googlewhack, for those who don’t know, is two words which produce only one hit when you search for them in Google. The DVD is a recording of a stand-up show that Gorman did, in which he explains his obsession with finding googlewhacks and how it led him on a round-the-world search, trying to meet people who were googlewhacks and then getting them to find him more googlewhacks to meet, in an effort to find ten in a row. I was already a bit of a fan of Gorman’s through his radio and television work (I love his show Genius and his appearances in Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive) but I wasn’t familiar with this earlier stuff. I thought that the DVD was hilarious (really, it was one of the funniest things I’d seen in ages) and so I bought the book hoping that it would expand on the show a bit. And indeed it did provide some more details, especially some of the sections that were only dealt with briefly in the show, but there were also some of the googlewhacks that were not given much attention in either (presumably because they weren’t that interesting). The book did expand on the DVD a bit, but most of the big laughs in the book were ones that was almost identical to the show. Beyond the DVD or book, the whole googlewhacking thing is fascinating. I remember reading about it years ago when it was first popular (probably around the time Gorman was writing the book in fact) and I remember searching and finding a few myself. But what really got to me was that there was no way to share the googlewhacks you’d found without rendering them non-googlewhacks, because if you published them on a website there would them be two hits when you search - the original googlewhack and then your site. I think it’s also interesting that these days, with so many more pages on the web than there were six or seven years ago, it must be much more difficult to find any googlewhacks. But back to Gorman - if I had to recommend one of the two (DVD or book), I’d say see the DVD before reading the book, as the book isn’t quite a funny as the show, and only worth picking up if you really enjoyed the DVD. But overall I would recommend the whole Googlewhack Adventure thing, it’s great.