Google today announced guidelines for using the verb “google.” Yes, they even gave examples of improper usage, one of which I’ve posted below:
Usage: ‘Google’ as verb referring to searching for information via any conduit other than Google.
Example: “I googled him on Yahoo and he seems pretty interesting.”
Our lawyers say: Bad. Very, very bad. You can only “Google” on the Google search engine. If you absolutely must use one of our competitors, please feel free to “search” on Yahoo or any other search engine
So I thought I’d see how serious they are about policing this policy, because if they don’t then they run the risk of losing their rights.
Ask.com released a mobile version of their search website a couple weeks ago that has some impressive mobile search features.
I guess you could say Ask.com now googles on mobile phones.