Friday, December 12, 2008

A PING On The WTF?-O-METER This Morning

Sometimes I hop on the ole interwebs and am just astounded by the crazy crap that's out there. And now--because IE and FireFox are obviously way too white for some people--we have an African American web browser for black people to call their own. I wasn't aware this was even an issue. Were you?



The web browser is called "Blackbird" (oh, that's original), and you can find out more about it here. Blackbird is one of those "made for the people, by the people" products that targets a specific cultural group or ethnicity, and has this to say about its many offerings:

"Features:

* Black Search
* Black News Ticker
* Black Bookmarks
* Blackbird TV
* Social Bookmarking
* Email Manager
* Social Network Manager

"The Blackbird Browser gives you access to Internet sites just like Internet Explorer, plus more community-specific features when you want them. For example, Black Search moves important information from African American sites higher in your search results. Try the Blackbird Browser and see how we are customizing the web experience just for you."

Say what?

Wow. I wonder what poor whitey will do now? Oh yeah, that's right . . . continue using Google like everyone else! To be fair, this sounds more like a social networking community endeavor, a little like BlackPlanet.com. In which case, anyone is really welcomed to sign up regardless of their ethnicity. But if you're black and this makes you feel better about yourself to use, then more power to you.

I'm personally waiting for the Yellowfin browser to roll out myself, then all my Asian homies* can finally step out of the shadow of Mr. Whitey and have something they can call their own, too.

(*NOTE: This is sarcasm, and in no way, shape, or form do I consider myself Asian.)

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