Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Google
Fret not, fashionistas -- Google's engineers aren't picking out the featured duds. Instead, Google turned to celebrities, designers, and fashion bloggers to hand-select clothing items and accessories.
The world's leading search engine then let the nerds have their fun. After the tastemakers singled out as many as 50 items that they find appealing, Big G's computer-science magic has used those recommendations to find other similar items that can be purchased online.
It's okay if you're not Anna Paquin or Diane von Furstenberg. Boutiques.com also lets you be a fashion star by using Google's algorithms to create your own boutique.
Will the new venture be a hit for Google? It's hard to say. As of last night, some of the top boutiques had fewer than 100 followers. However, Google is smartly distancing the concept from its namesake search engine by employing an entirely new domain name.
It's not the first dot-com giant to go high-fashion with a new address. When Amazon.com
The Internet isn't necessarily a hotbed for fashionable clothing. There's a reason why bargain-seekers hit Amazon.com and Overstock.com
Fashion snobs are welcome to stand outside the Googleplex and chuckle at any wardrobe blunders the system spits out. But if Big G's brainy engineers have a good read on what those fashion snobs are thinking, browsing, and buying, Google could have the last laugh.
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