CatchThis Blog / Google names

Alex Kelley

April 24, 2019

Although the name is welcoming and friendly, it also has an epic-ness to it as you can’t ignore the size and scale of Stadia’s literal meaning.

Alex Kelley

August 13, 2015

It isn’t every day that a kid gets to name their parent, but this week Google announced a major restructuring whereupon Alphabet became the parent company of Google, Calico, Nest, Sidewalk, and Google’s investment companies. After the announcement, Slate el-em-en-oh-peed all over the name in their post affectionately titled “The Worst Name That Google Could […]

Mark Skoultchi

June 30, 2010

This item was originally published on June 24th, 2010 at Fast Company. I don’t have an iPad yet, but I really really want one. Well, I don’t know if I want an iPad per se, since I have an iPhone already (and really, isn’t the iPad a giant iPhone that doesn’t make calls? But that’s […]

Burt Alper

July 30, 2008

So putting aside the atrociousness of the name (seriously, this could be the worst company name ever launched), this new “Google-Killer” is not ready for prime time. I had to check it out, what with all the publicity it has received. Alas, the folks at Google can still rest easy. The folks at Cuil aren’t […]

Mark Skoultchi

April 11, 2008

Saw this fun little piece on naming today. It mostly talks about “Googlegängers” (folks who share the same name finding out about each other through Google). But the reference to people subliminally liking names that are similar to their own is fascinating. I’ve experienced a slightly different, but likely related tendency in my years as […]