Word of the Day: Googleability

I’ve got Googleability!

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googleability (goo.gul.uh.BIL.uh.tee) n. The ease with which
information about a person can be found on an Internet search engine,
particularly Google. Also: Googleability, googlability,
google-ability.
googleable adj.

 

Example Citations:
What’s your ‘googleability‘ quotient? No clue?
Well, then check it out right away because if the world’s premier search engine
can’t trace you in less than a second, then you are a certified also-ran; or so
parents of newborns in the US feel. News reports say that ‘googleability
is now a primary baby-naming requirement, which means that parents want names
for their children which will work well for web searches: an unusual name that
might figure among the first top 10 search results.
—"The name of the game,"
Hindustan Times, May 14, 2007

 

All the Googler needs is a name, and she’s off. It’s
worse if your name is unusual, as mine is. The difference in
Googleability between a person with the name ”Mary Smith” and a person
with my name makes me wonder whether Googleability might one day affect
how parents name their children. If Mary Smith had been named, instead,
Upanishad Smith, she’d be more Googleable. Of course, that’s not to guarantee
she’d do anything Googleworthy. But what will future conscientious parents
decide? Will Googleability or anonymity be the greater gift?
—Donna
Steinbraker, "Paying a price for Googleability," The International
Herald Tribune
, December 5, 2006

 

Earliest Citation:
So, how far does cultural literacy go? Where does
Trivial Pursuit end and cultural literacy begin? Is there significant overlap?

The things that follow are probably "Googleable" (maybe not
"Matamoros"). How much does "Googleability" correlate with cultural
literacy?
—Jerry Bauer, "Cultural
Literacy
," alt.fan.cecil-adams, June 25, 2001

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