Reactions to Google’s new “What do you love?” service are going to be mixed. That’s probably why the site wdyl.com was rolled out quietly, at night, with no more fanfare than an anonymous ”tip” going to Techcrunch.com.
Wdyl.com essentially takes a search request and turns it into a comic book-looking page of relevant results. You get the results after entering a term and then clicking on an adorable heart-shaped button.* The search results are then shown across Google’s products. You see Picasa, Sketchup, Translate, Voice, Books, Trends, and YouTube results … all on one page. Some are calling it a “cute gimmick,” while others are seeing it as a showcase of what Google is capable of.
Well, since I love myself, I entered my name, clicked the heart and, voila! There are my Picasa pictures. Neat. I can also setup Alerts about myself (I swear I haven’t done it yet.). I’m disappointed by the lack of Regina Sinsky products available (zero). My popularity on Trends is simply depressing.
Then it gets a bit eery. There’s the embarrassing video of me as a 1st grader saying I want to work at the San Diego zoo. The page offers viewers a chance to “Explore Regina Sinsky in 3D” with SketchUp and the ability to “Scour the earth for Regina Sinsky” with Earth. Yikes!
The bottom line is, Google already knows what you love and it loves to show it. What do you think about it?
* Will someone on Etsy please make me a necklace featuring this button?