News – Google has Gone Catholic??!!!January 9, 2009
Well, not really, it is actually a site that is not run by Google, but rather hosts a customized search powered by Google. I am sure the name and logo was meant to be provocative.
In fact, in the time it took to wright this article (and get the RSS auto-feed from Friar Tech to AirMaria, my new experiment) the name has changed and so has the logo to:
and I am redirected to cathoogle.com. Perhaps there was a bit of a trademark contention with Google … you think? Well, I guess I can get used to it.
They describe themselves as follows:
Cathoogle is powered by Google using “safe search” technology, it produces results from all over the internet with more weighting to given to Catholic websites and sites containing content relating to Catholics and Catholicism, at the same time our search engine eliminates sites and web pages containing adult themed and explicit sexual content from web search results.
So not only does it have advantages as far as being a morally cleaner search, it also has a practical aspect where it focuses in on Catholic sites. Thus, if you want to get Catholic information on a subject, this search tool gets right to the sites that you want.
For example if we search for the word “cross” to get information on the Cross of Christ in the normal Google Search, we get some references to the crucifix but many more references to “Red Cross” and “Cross-Culture” and other uninteresting and dubious things. But if we search in Cathoogle all the top ten references are focused right in on the Catholic meaning of the Cross. See for yourself:
So, happy Catholic searching!
Hat tip: Tech Tips for Catholics