Who the hell is Thurbble?
This picture is from a scene in one of Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movies, 12 Gifts of Christmas, starring Katrina Law and Aaron O’Connell. In it, Katrina Law is surfing the internet. Where’s Google? Is Thurbble another search engine?
I researched Thurbble on both Google and GoDaddy, and discovered it to be a website that no longer exists. At the time of its existence, its net worth was only $8.95. That’s 8 dollars, not 8 hundred. Don’t miss the period.
Is there friction between Google and Hallmark?
I’ve seen hundreds of websites with blog posts about Google, and many show their website. I don’t think Google paid them anything. I’ve done it a few times, and they certainly haven’t paid me anything. So, what’s the deal between Google and Hallmark?
Who’s the hard ass? In my opinion, it’s the Hallmark Channel.
This is a win-win situation for Google. If the Hallmark Channel displays their website, like so many bloggers in cyberspace, that’s millions of dollars of publicity for Google. Hallmark has nothing to gain. Google has everything to gain. But realistically, who should pay who? Should Google pay Hallmark for advertising? Should Hallmark pay Google for using their name?
Suppose Hallmark wanted money from Google for paid advertising, and Google said, “No way“. Did Hallmark get permission from Thurbble to use their name? Remember, Thurbble was once a website. Suppose Thurbble had to pay Hallmark a pretty penny. That’s why they’re out of business.
Does any of this make any sense? Not really. But that’s what makes it so entertaining. After all, this is Merjeo.