You can say a lot about Ms. Dewey the Flash interface that Microsoft has put up to promote its Live Search web site.
It might be tacky, completely useless for a search engine, they could have chosen a different girl, a complete waste of time. It’s fun – maybe not for longer than a few minutes – but it is and that’s why we write about it, particularly if you can have her say or do something with the right search terms. And yes we know its viral marketing.
So there you have a beautiful actress who flirts with you, teases you and comments on any search term you enter as a user interface. And with the right search you can let her say something funny or play some gigs.
So we went along and collected a list of words that get what we are looking for here – entertainment not search results:
To begin with a few tips. The same search term does not always result in the same action. So you might have to search a few times with the same word(s). If you ask the same term too frequently you might have her say something like “… the world loneliest man” or “…are you just letting your dog type…”. Then just use another term. The engine behind the “girl” is not too clever and it groups terms into categories – as it occurred to us that this is the way how some answers are chosen e.g. for film titles etc. Anyway we had no intention to dig deeper.
Search terms that we consider best (in groups):
gun – jail – email – King Kong – credit cards – weather forecast, Storm, snowing – beer
Other words that return small movies (in groups):
Ho, yo mama, eminem – where do babies come from, pills – clothes – games, Nintendo or other computer game terms (Halo 2, Video games) – Arcade – Comic – Read – Book – TV – how to fight a ninja – music – how to do the robot – Janina Gavankar – Art, design, Web design – murder, forensics, police – Congress, Bush, Cheney – Condoms – Safety, danger – Dog – Toys, cats – suicide – dead – iPod – Microsoft, Live Search, Google – Gmail, Explosion, how to create a bomb – Romania – how to run – Who are you – your age – Country – Lord of the Ring, one ring – Christmas – Ricardo – UFOs
adult terms will start a teaser where she opens a button and that’s it
Ms. Dewey is ready to pwn you and your searches!
Note: the image at the beginning of this post is from the movie “Time Machine” and shows “Vox the librarian hologram” that might have been the model for Ms. Dewey
- Google: Create your own search engine with Google Co-op
- Weekend activity: Cloud spotting
- New Flight Simulator from Microsoft
- Web Browsers: New IE and Firefox ante portas
This morning Google has launched a customizable version of its search engine that allows users to prioritize or limit search results to a defined set of web sites. While Google has since quite some time allowed web site owners to create their customized search engines the new service includes many more options. Users will also [...]
With the weekend coming up we would like to suggest to you something different: Cloud watching or cloud spotting as its also called by UK based Pretor-Pinney who has founded the Cloud Appreciation Society. The society now has about 5000 members from 39 countries. 38 year old Oxford University graduate Pretor-Pinney who calls himself a [...]
The long awaited new version of Microsoft Flight Simulator will be hitting the stores next week. Microsoft Game Studios has further enhanced lots of the already exiting features of the previous version (Flight Simulator 2004). Additional missions as well as new planes are include with many other new features. Microsoft has created a great Flash [...]
Both Microsoft and the Mozilla Foundation today announced new versions of their popular web browsers. Both releases are primary targeted at web developers. The public release for Mozilla Firefox is due within November 2006 while Microsoft wants to roll out Internet Explorer 7 by the end of October to end users. Developers are strongly advised [...]