Postshow points us to a grassroots anti-GuGe campaign being waged by some hardcore Chinese Google fans. As of 10:40 pm Monday evening April 17, 944 had signed an online petition against using the new Chinese language name, GuGe “谷歌”. 468 prefer the original English name (indeed, the Chinese version is the first time Google has changed its name to another language); 177 say they’d prefer 狗狗 (dogdog). They’d like the company to rethink the name. Rough translation:
“Google, we love you, but we do not love “GuGe”” [Song of the Grain]…..
“The name “GuGe” makes us feel ill! Even more, it makes us disappointed!”
Google, do you hear us?
We believe that the name GuGe will influence the hearts and minds of Chinese Google users and Google supporters, and could even eventually affect Google’s influence in China. We don’t feel the company respected the vast majority of users during the process of choosing a Chinese name for Google, nor did we experience Google as having a consistently transparent, equal, and open corporate culture…
GuGe makes you think of:
in any case, it’s something that is not google
it’s a bird name
a poor peasant busy doing the spring plowing