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DogPile changes name

     
8:23 pm on Sep 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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to Webfetch in European markets:

[dogpile.com...]
[webfetch.com...]
[pcpro.co.uk...]

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9:23 pm on Sept 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Not before time. The name dogpile has some unpleasant connotations here in the UK.
9:59 pm on Sept 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I am curious...what does it mean in the UK? Tried urbandictionary.com, but to no avail.

May anyone explain?

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dogpile was always a terrible name. I'm not from the UK but each time I pronounce it it reminds me of dog doodoo. (pile of dog doodoo)
10:10 pm on Sept 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It means a pile that a dog leaves behind (ie dog poo) :)

I wasn't aware that it had any other meaning. I sort of thought that dogpile was going for a punk-type image with its brand name.

<added>Marc_P beat me to it</added>

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One time I was in Mexico and I saw this huge pack of dogs all following this one little female dog. It was a tangled mess of barking, growling, snarling, biting and other things. Many of the male dogs were so caught up in the hysteria that they lost track of who the female dog was at the expense of the nearest male dog. Anyway, this is what I thought of every time I heard the word DogPile so hats off to their marketing team for a brilliant name change.
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So they've changed their name, anybody think that will affect the minute amount of traffic they're sending, or did they just tie a ribbon on it? ;)
2:17 am on Sept 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm not sure how they thought anyone would take the name dogpile seriously. Could you imagine telling someone that dogpile is a great search engine - not me.
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It always sent me some traffic. DP was good years ago when you wanted to search for something very thoroughly.

I assumed the name meant that you got a little poop at first, then more and more. Like a pile of dog doo doo.

The name change is about 8 years past due (doo?)

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I like the Dogpile name; it's better than Webfetch anyway.
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dogpile was named by the original founder as a tribute to his dog, whose photo can be seen at the website under some page.

Webfetch might have a better connotation then "dogpile" - but it's still not that great of a name.

They could have come up with something better.

9:25 am on Sept 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I thought DogPile was a great name - it stood out.
Rule number 1

Who's going to remember what "WebFetch" is in 5 months time?
First (meta) SE I ever used as I recall

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How long did take them to realise that dog pile = dog doo-doo to most people? I think this can be taken as lesson in getting as many people as possible to vet potential website names...
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BTW I agree that webfetch is also a terrible name...
12:12 pm on Sept 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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A dogpile by any other name will still stick to the sole of your shoe....
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Uhh... anyone else not able to complete a search there? I get a 404 error at both domains - I was just testing out a search that I always enter first... and got the error.

Let me know if others are getting it,
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"I thought DogPile was a great name - it stood out.
Rule number 1"
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Well, yes, it was one of the few 1998 computer
"solutions" that didn't have the word "solution" in its name.

BTW, marketing rule 2, don't name something after a waste product

8:03 pm on Sept 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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how does dogpile work?

Do they pay Google, Yahoo etc for searching their directory for their own site?

3:44 pm on Sept 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Aspirant search engine marketeers might like to know that cowpie.biz is of this writing still unregistered. It's at least less likely to cause confusion.
5:31 pm on Sept 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I think it is really funny to have a discussion on the meaning of dogpile.

I've always liked their search engine even though I find the name a bit crappy.:)

7:57 pm on Sept 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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cowpie.biz

Do you mean "cowpat"? "Cowpie" is what Desperate Dan [news.bbc.co.uk] eats.

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I always thought it was a play on "pigpile".
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I never thought of it as dog poop. Now that I know this I can see how that is.

I always envisioned a dog that was digging in the ground trying to bury or find somthing, leaving behind a "dogpile" of dirt.

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In New Zealand, "dogpile" means a pile of dog excrement.

I've never heard of any other meaning - can anyone actually explain what "dogpile" means in the USA?