Picture this… You say something and you really didn’t mean it. Perhaps it was that you can see see US troops in Iraq for 100 years or that snipers were attacking you in some far away country.
In the past, you could count on "unfriendly" TV news programs to perhaps play these quotes for a few days after you made them. Some quotes have longer lives of course — things like "Reading lips and no new taxes," and of course "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."
But still — Until now…It was generally TV that repeated these things for a few weeks or more.
Now it seems Google too has gotten into the act. As of today, they will place quotes above a person’s name when you search for them on Google News. For example a News search on April 19, 2008 with the words Hillary Rodham Clinton gives the following quote, "An attack on Israel would incur massive retaliation by the United States."
Google for its part says these quotes are facts and it seems you will be able to search quotes more deeply than ever before. In fact on Google’s blog, they had this to say:
As part of Google’s mission to organize the world’s information, we’ve been hard at work making quotations in news articles easy to search and browse. You can now more easily keep track of what your favorite politician, actor or sports star is saying. You can even search within their quotes for specific topics.
So there you have it… Your quotes will now live on forever and ever. So just be careful what you say as your great-great grandchildren will likely be able to find your words as easily as they find their surgically implanted Apple iPhones of the future.