Last year, Google (GOOG) posted a mock recruitment ad for a Google 'human flesh search engine' (here in Chinese). This year, the Internet giant announced the launch of a new service in China: the 'Google Pigeon Bird's Eye View.' Similar in concept to Google Street View, Google says the new service will be used to improve the image resolution on Google Earth and Google Maps, while also embracing China's vibrant 'shanzhai' culture.
去年,谷歌登出一则假广告,声称“谷歌人肉搜索招聘志愿者”。今年,谷歌宣布将在中国推出一项与谷歌街景(Street View)概念相似的新服务“谷鸽鸟看”。谷歌称,这项新服务将“大幅提高谷歌地球(Google Earth)和谷歌地图(Google Maps)的图像分辨率”,同时推进中国蓬勃发展的“山寨”文化。

The project's mission: to collect all sorts of shanzhai information about shanzhai celebrities, shanzhai places to go on a date, shanzhai innovations and shanzhai terms.


Google says that the new service aims to help 'everyone can enjoy the benefit of shanzhai culture.' An exact total of 31,415,926 pigeons have been trained as 'Google pigeons' (in Mandarin, 'Google pigeon,' 嗷贾 guge, is a pun on Google's similar sounding Chinese name, 嗷貉). The birds will be equipped with high-tech devices including a blue hat with GPRS and head massaging capabilities, a Chinese-style chest covering to hold CADIE chips (a reference to another Google spoof).


Anyone can summon a Google pigeon by standing on a rooftop (or other outdoor area of over 20 square meters), logging on to // with a 3G phone and repeating 'gu-gu-gu' (the sound of a pigeon's cooing) into the microphone icon on the screen. Within 20 minutes, a bird will arrive (Unless there is a technical bug or if the bird is in a coma).


And to avoid privacy disputes, those who don't want information on their homes collected by the Google pigeon can make a paper bird according to the instructions provided online, and wave it in their windows whenever a Google pigeon show up.


To celebrate the launch of the Google Pigeon Bird's Eye View, Google said it would change the name of the company's Chinese-language blog from 'Google Blackboard Daily' to 'Google Pigeon Shanzhai Daily'.