Weekend Diversion: Web vs. Image Test!

One of the great things that comes along with warm weather is outdoor concerts! Click “play” below to hear one of the greatest live performances of All Along The Watchtower ever recorded.

Any idea who that is, rocking out on the guitar? Sounds a bit like Carlos Santana, doesn’t it? Sounds talented like Hendrix, but the sound is too clean to be him. Who is it? Let’s have you take a guess (before you scroll down).

Time for the answer? The guitarist who’s rocking this song so hard is Jerry Garcia. Seriously, who knew the lead singer of the Grateful Dead was such a fantastic, talented guitarist. (Answer: I should have known.)

But that’s not the real test I made up for you. This test will tell you whether you’re a google web or google image person.

Check this out. Think of a single, generic word. Think about what comes to mind when you think about that word, and get a picture in your head as well. Something simple; a name, a product, but something fairly generic. Think about what comes to your head. Go ahead and google it, and look at the first few results. Then click the “image” tab above it.

Which one matches your thoughts best? The “web” result or the “image” result? You can see what everyone else is, too, and whether you’re a “web” or “image” person.

1.) Carl: web vs. image.

2.) Tarp: web vs. image.

I am having a Star Wars moment of unexpected hilarity, and I am thrilled that both Carl Sagan and Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force are on the first page, and not Carl’s Jr.! I’m 100% an image person, and didn’t realize how vastly more entertaining googling in images was! So that’s it — I’m going to use google image as my default search instead of google. I’m curious whether it works!

Any other great recommendations of what to try with “web vs. image”?


  1. #1 Arwen
    May 23, 2009

    I must not have gotten the same results from my Google search… Web search – the first page was about 50% Carl Jr. and 50% Carl Sagan. Image search – the first page was a Simpson’s character and a whole bunch of generic guys named Carl. I just recently reinstalled Windows on this computer though so maybe my cookies haven’t given Google enough information about my preferences yet?!?

  2. #2 Kevpod
    May 23, 2009

    That’s among the better, more structured and less noodlesome Jerry playing I’ve heard. Thanks.

  3. #3 Larry Ayers
    May 23, 2009

    Aw, a walk down audio memory lane! Jerry wasn’t always good (“noodlesome” is a good word to describe his off nights) but sometimes he could really shine.

  4. #4 samuel
    May 23, 2009

    When I thought of “Carl,” I was thinking of Carlton Banks from Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

  5. #5 Waydude
    May 23, 2009

    try using “theory”

    the web brought definitions, the image brought ‘toons , lol!

  6. #6 José
    May 24, 2009

    I tried the simple word “sadfadskfddsdsds”, but all I got was “Did you mean: sadfadsf ddsdsds”.Turns out that was totally what I meant.

  7. #7 Marcus
    May 28, 2009

    I tried the word boobs. Definitely an image person.

  8. #8 Carl Thompson
    June 2, 2009

    First thought, “nice trick”. Carl is my name! So I got “me” next. Then I looked at the comments and saw that all of us saw “CARL” and then I thought, “coincidence”.
    But the moment was spoiled.

  9. #9 Glen99
    October 15, 2010

    I would definitely stick with google web. Sometimes google images can show your some really dumb results. I remember searching for some people but in the first place there were shown some other things. I am using only web and I will always use only google web. Thanks for the interesting test here by the way. It was nice to read it.
    Regards, Glen from web development

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