MENLO PARK, CA. – Google Inc. followed its recent introduction of “Insights for Search” – a free service for tracking the popularity of words and phrases – with a companion tool called “Panic for Search.’”
“There’s some things you don’t want your boss to see you’re searching for,” said Google vice president of development and office ping-pong tournaments G. K. Squaud. “Okay, there’s a lot of things.” “Panic for Search” is an on-screen panic button that, when pressed, cleans the screen, erases the browser’s cache and puts up a pre-defined Google search on words your boss would approve of – such as your company’s name, your main competitor or items from your boss’ birthday wish list.
“Panic for Search” was not on the regular development schedule,” Squaud admitted. “We rushed it into production after using “Insights for Search” and noticing that the number one phrase being searched most business computers is, “Is *** in any amateur porn videos?” with *** being a co-worker’s name. “Unless you’re a CEO looking for a new trophy wife, this is not a good thing to caught searching for at work. Trust me on this one,” said Squaud.
In its first day of availability, “Panic for Search” was accessed by over one million users, primarily at government offices, churches and Yahoo headquarters. Google plans to keep the “Panic for Search” free with ads that appeal to its most frequent users, such as for resume writers, job search firms and religious bookstores.