Moved By Gesture Of Kansas Mayor, Google Changes Its Name To ‘Topeka’; Search Giant Not Worried About Loss Of Brand Identity; Announcement Also Honors Maddy

Search-engine and advertising giant Google has changed it name to “Topeka,” the company said today.

The company did so in tribute to the city of Topeka, Kan. Topeka’s mayor, Bill Bunten, wants to call the city “Google” for a spell.

Google’s announcement about its name change came one year to the day after it announced the debut of its Gmail Autopilot by Cadie. Cadie purportedly was designed to automatically send the “perfect” response to scammers who spam gmail accounts.

For two years now, Google has timed critical business announcements to coincide with Maddy’s birthday. Maddy’s second birthday is today.

She was born April 1, 2008. April 1, of course, always has been one of the most important dates on the calendar. Maddy’s birth only made the date more important.

Maddy became an international sensation and Google star on Christmas Eve 2008, when she rocketed to the top of search results for the phrase “Maddy Santa world debut” — without the quotes. People the world over clever enough to search under that precise string learned part of the story of Maddy’s first Christmas.

It was kind of Google — and now “Topeka” — to tie its key business decisions to Maddy’s birthday. Maddy also is known the world over as “The Wonder Puppy.” She owns an entire search category under the string, “Maddy The Wonder Puppy” — with the quotes.

Happy Birthday to Maddy — and we wish Google our best with its shift to Topeka!

Read about Google’s Gmail Autopilot by Cadie announcement, which occurred on Maddy’s birthday last year.

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13 Responses to “Moved By Gesture Of Kansas Mayor, Google Changes Its Name To ‘Topeka’; Search Giant Not Worried About Loss Of Brand Identity; Announcement Also Honors Maddy”

  1. And in other news, convicted felon Bob Guenther released audited financial reports for ASDMBA, even though they showed what everyone pretty much expected, that Bob got all the money one way or another….

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  2. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h-G-thdcKiR6kAhM6j_N1BYb2ekQD9EQA9H04

    The company says it’s a response to Topeka’s decision to change its name to “Google, Kan.” for the month of March. Topeka jokingly changed its name in a bid to persuade Google to choose the city as a test site for its planned super-fast fiber-optic network.

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  3. Google has this service which may help pet owners understand & care for their animals:
    http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/landing/translateforanimals/

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  4. Tony H: Google has this service which may help pet owners understand & care for their animals:
    http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/landing/translateforanimals/

    Thanks for sharing that, Tony! It’s a world-changer!

    Patrick

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  5. Happy Birthday to Maddy !!!!

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  6. And Microsoft search engine Bing has announced that they are changing their name to Tazoodle and David Courtney has been appointed chief of public relations. The Tazoodle board will replace both the Yahoo and Microsoft boards as they have conquered Google within their first 6 months of operations.

    In other news, the Justice Department has released documents that Andy Bowdoin was right. Everyone from from the Florida AG’s office to Judge Collyer have declared ASD to be legal in private correspondence. All of these officials have announced their resignations. Taking pity and showing his magnanimous disposition, Bowdoin has hired all of them to work at the ASD offices in Quincy, FL.

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  7. Patrick,

    Wow! Another breaking news story for the PP blog! Dirty Bird’s comments must be really, really good news for the Surf’s Up moderators. Maybe they’ll come back on line to bring us the good news about Andy.

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  8. d_b,

    Hate to rain on your April Fool’s joke, but there would be outrage and a mass exodus if Andy ever hired the prosecutors.

    If you remember, some of the ASD troops announced that the only acceptable outcome was for the prosecutors to be pushing burgers at fast-food joints.

    This was if they survived the torture rack, of course.

    Patrick

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  9. Sydd Finch: Dirty Bird’s comments must be really, really good news for the Surf’s Up moderators. Maybe they’ll come back on line to bring us the good news about Andy.

    Just thinking out loud, Sydd, but maybe the disappearance of Surf’s Up was an early April Fool’s joke.

    If not, maybe it could come back like one of those fabled, soap-opera stars. If I remember correctly, Roman Brady died and came back on “Days of Our Lives.”

    One of Bob Newhart’s shows ended with a famous scene that exposed a years-long dream sequence. Maybe Surf’s Up could try that.

    Patrick

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  10. Don: Happy Birthday to Maddy !!!!

    Thanks, Don. She’s the big deuce today.

    Patrick

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  11. You ain’t raining on nothing. They have been hired as cafeteria workers…

    admin: d_b,Hate to rain on your April Fool’s joke, but there would be outrage and a mass exodus if Andy ever hired the prosecutors.
    If you remember, some of the ASD troops announced that the only acceptable outcome was for the prosecutors to be pushing burgers at fast-food joints.This was if they survived the torture rack, of course.Patrick  

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  12. Happy Birthday Maddy! Welcome to being a teenager. Next year you will old enough to go to bars without the fake ID. Enjoy your day, and I hope it was filled with great doggy treats worthy of a Queen.

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  13. admin:
    Just thinking out loud, Sydd, but maybe the disappearance of Surf’s Up was an early April Fool’s joke.If not, maybe it could come back like one of those fabled, soap-opera stars. If I remember correctly, Roman Brady died and came back on “Days of Our Lives.”One of Bob Newhart’s shows ended with a famous scene that exposed a years-long dream sequence. Maybe Surf’s Up could try that.Patrick  

    A Roman Brady reference? Really? Would this be before or after Stefano DiMera whacked him? LOL
    Just looking at the credits, I see Deidre Hall finally bowed out.

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