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Google offers a filter for its Google Base online database called "SafeSearch", which is supposed to filter out adult content. But according to CNET, SafeSearch temporarily failed with shocking results. From CNET:

Todd Ripley, a real estate investor in Asheville, N.C., noticed the problem on Tuesday morning after he uploaded photos of his 2-year-old daughter Jasmine onto his Google Base page. He planned to direct his family to the page but decided against it after a search for "Jasmine" turned up some unsavory results despite the use of the SafeSearch filter.

Now, let's be honest. While this sort of thing, particularly about Google, makes a great story -- "I was just shocked," Ripley said -- temporary glitches have absolutely no impact on Google's near term profitability, long term prospects, or competitive threat to other companies.

Ironically, the Shock! Horror! coverage missed the two genuinely significant aspects of the story. First, that Google Base is appealing enough and user-friendly enough to attract regular people to upload photos of their kids. And second, that the porn industry -- which has consistently been at the cutting edge of Internet use (think online transactions, affiliate programs, video, chat) -- has decisively adopted Google Base.

Both of which suggest that Google Base is gaining rapid traction. That's a bullish data point for Google, in contrast to the message you'll get from most coverage of the glitch. Click on the GOOG chart to enlarge.

Source: Google and Porn (GOOG)