May 17, 2007
Talk about the tech social event of the season: News agencies are reporting that Google (Nasdaq: GOOG ) co-founder Sergey Brin has tied the knot in a super-secret ceremony. These reports apparently originated from anonymous wedding guests; given what one might imagine would be a pretty high-tech guest list, Brin should probably be relieved that no footage leaked onto YouTube. But more on that later.
Of course, Brin, who has a place in the roll call of the richest of the rich, hasn't affirmed that there's even been a wedding. At a recent media event a reporter congratulated him on his wedding; Brin apparently steered the conversation back to his business's bread-and-butter search. (Also, he apparently wasn't wearing a ring.) However, given the details leaked about the event -- that it took place in the Bahamas, and that his bride is biotech entrepreneur Anne Wojcicki -- there seems to be an air of legitimacy about the reports. Among the other tidbits floating around: the bride, groom, and wedding party wore bathing suits in order to swim to an offshore sandbar; lucky for the guests there were apparently also boats to ferry them across.
Given Google's high-tech reputation, one might wonder about some other details. Did the couple go searching for wedding planning ideas using The Knot (Nasdaq: KNOT ) ? Did Brin go shopping for rings with conventional high-roller Tiffany (NYSE: TIF ) or over on Blue Nile's (Nasdaq: NILE ) site? (After all, Blue Nile not only provides high-end engagement merchandise but also recently became a high-profile partner for Google's answer to eBay's PayPal, Google Checkout.) Or perhaps they used sponsored links for their wedding planning? Might they honeymoon on the moon? With Google Moon, they could at least use the power of Adobe to Photoshop themselves on. The curiosity is killing me!
The search for true love may be a private matter (then again, tell that to Match.com), but maybe Sergey's silence is a bit ironic, seeing how Google's often gotten flak regarding privacy concerns. Not to mention that part of YouTube's addictiveness is the voyeuristic appeal of other people's lives. Pop culture feeds on celebrity gossip, and YouTube feeds on pop culture, and heck, who doesn't enjoy a good wedding? I'm not sure anybody could be blamed for craving to know more -- or see some YouTube footage -- on Brin's big event.
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Alyce Lomax does not own shares of any of the companies mentioned.