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    Eight Years Later, Gizoogle Is Still Amazing

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    Adam Clark Estes

    You know how sometimes, you're cruising around the Internet and reading stuff and you're thinking, "This is so stuffy! I wish the Internet were more like the 'hood." You think, "Get on my level. Talk to my like Snoop Dogg would." That's what Gizoogle is for.

    This is how it works. (Don't worry — It's easy.) Type in a search term. Click the button that says "Gizoogle Dis Shiznit," and you're off to a new way of reading the Internet. Gizoogle translates the search results and even the websites themselves into Snoop-speak, so you'll never have to read boring old normal English ever again! Otherwise, the search results look just like they do on Google, except Google doesn't have an animated gif of a guy doing a c-walk. Check out the story I recently wrote about scientists from 1982 predicting the future:

    Gizoogle describes Motherboard as "a online magazine n' vizzle channel all bout tha intersection of technology, science n' humans." (Heh… vizzle channel.) Drilling deeper into the site is a pretty special experience. Favorite headline of the day: "Da Biggest Psychedelic Research Group Is Askin tha Pentagon ta Help Bust a cap up in PTSD."

    This is not a new tool, but it is a consistently hilarious tool, one that keeps getting better, too. Gizoogle recently launched an iPhone app that also contains the amazing tool, Twizzle. I'll give you three guesses as to what that does. Give up? It makes Twitter gangsta. You can also check out your Twizzle Feed on the website. The third cool feature, the Textilizer, just translates whatever text you jam into the box. Or, in Gizoogle-speak, whatever text you jam tha fuck into tha box. 

    Unsurprisingly, Gizoogle started as a joke. The company says that it was "inspiration from a friend's constant use of the slang on America Online's Instant Messenger service and also by Snoop's 'Doggy Fizzle Televizzle' program on MTV" that led to the site's founding in 2005. The road was rocky for a little while. The service only worked intermittently, and in 2011, it shut down completely. It's since been resurrected and even expanded to offer a whole suite of Snoop-speak tools.

    The only question that lingers in my mind is, how did they do it. It's was probably easier than you think. If you pay attention to Snoop-speak, there are some simple rules that dictate the flow. Lots of 'izzles. "The" becomes "tha." F-bombs all over the place. Now, much like real Google Translate pings its multi-lingual dictionary, Gizoogle translates.

    Next I hope they build a site dedicated to Cockney rhyming slang. That way when I head down to the Bath for a couple of Richard Geres and don't want to top of the Pork Chops, I'll know what to say.