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The thing that REALLY made me laugh is: 'I'm going to MSN you'
That's a popular phrase? OK....
Results 1 - 8 of about 29 for "I'm going to MSN you". (0.17 seconds)
Results 1 - 10 of about 57 for "I'm going to google you". (1.01 seconds)
Page 1 of 4 results containing "I'm going to MSN you" (5.69 seconds)
Page 1 of 12 results containing "I'm going to google you" (7.56 seconds)
Both instances Google had more hits. Even on MSN's search page. I didn't find as many hits as I thought, but that probably becuase I was using quotes and searching for the EXACT phrase. If I could somehow search by the idea of googling vs MSNing, I'm pretty sure there would be 10 fold increase of Google against MSN.
Just outta curiosity I tried "I'm going to google you" with no quotes, and the first page was almost all Ballmer.... lol
It was classic misdirection. When people say "I'm going to MSN you" they mean MSN Messenger, they aren't talking about MSN portal or search. Even where MSN is the most popular IM application, MSN portal and search isn't very popular.
If you've read the article correctly, you'll notice he was referring to The Netherlands and Korea. I don't think the inhabitants of those countries speak English as their mother tongue.
I should know, I'm Dutch.
The phrase "We MSN'en vanavond" ("We'll MSN this evening") or variations thereupon are commonly used amongst the youth. Of course they refer to MSN Messenger.
He was talking about certain parts of the world, like Holland and Belgium. English isn't the native language there, dutch is.
The sentences have different meanings though, "ik msn je" means chatting with someone on msn messenger. "ik google je" means looking someone up on google. Quite obvious that the first will be more popular than the second.
Actualy, whenever "chair", "throwing" and "Ballmer" are in the same sentence I have to wonder if Ballmer wasn't doing Gates's work by throwing that chair around. Isn't Gates as the CHAIRMAN supposed to do that? Ballmer is just a Chief Executive Officer, and this title has absolute zero relations to chairs.
From Gates's homepage:
William (Bill) H. Gates is chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corporation