Apparently Google has some fans in Deutschland as evidenced by how these supporters have shown their ‘love’. As you may or may not know, Germany has been a bit of a flashpoint for Google’s continuing Street View battles regarding privacy etc etc. As a result of this battle, Google provided Germans the opportunity to opt out of the program by allowing households to say “Nein” to the service and have their home blurred out of their street view.
As Search Engine Land reports, German Google supporters have shown an odd way to exhibit their Google-lust.
Some people who chose to blur their houses on Google Street View in Germany received an unexpected real life blurring: Google fans who threw eggs at their homes.
Deutsche Welle reports that on Saturday, several homes in the Bergerhausen area of Essen that opted to be blurred were hit with eggs. “Google’s Cool” notes were also taped to their mailboxes.
Reports from German news sources don’t give the number of these Google ‘eggings’ that have taken place but just the idea that there are Google geeks out there who think that expressing themselves this way is constructive is, well, weird.
Danny Sullivan continued in the SEL post
Concerns about Street View led Google to allow people to blur their homes before the service went live (usually, this is something only allowed after-the-fact). About 3% of the households in Germany (2.89% or 244,237 in all) choose to blur their homes.
I asked Google about the incident and received this response:
We respect people’s decision to opt out and by no means consider this to be acceptable behavior.
I am not sure what I can add to this ‘story’ other than the fact that either German geeks have a lot of spare time or they are still loaded from Oktoberfest. Either way this is probably not the most effective way to make a point.