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This is the TBTF Log, the place where I report important breaking news
in the most timely way possible.
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weeks' logs table of contents.
How meta is it?
Longtime reader Simone Fluter sent word of one of the strangest sites
you'll visit all week. Disturbing
Search Requests has been making the rounds of the Web logs -- a
search indicates that the site is linked from 32 blogs at present, and in
another hour it will be 33 -- and has had one writeup in a more mainstream venue,
Web site owners -- mostly bloggers -- contribute odd items from
their referrer logs. Usually they add diverting commentary and a link
or two. Behind each post is a Net surfer who arrived at the blogger's
site after issuing some curious and worrisome search. For example, what
was the person who sought
and jedi hoping to find, exactly? Probably not the site
whose proprietor dropped a dime to DSR.
Some bloggers really get into the spirit of the thing. Meg Pickard of
not.so.soft is one of those;
she has submitted no fewer than
searches since last fall. Meg has also documented one of the
highest-order meta uses of a search string yet catalogued. In
blog entry she notes that someone visited her site from the results
page of a Google search for the plaint, "meg, i've fallen in love
with you on not.so.soft."
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