googlism is the obsession of the moment. Here is a script that will query and format the results as an RSS channel.


#!/usr/bin/env perl use strict; use warnings; use LWP::UserAgent; use XML::RSS; my $input = join ' ', @ARGV; $input =~ /(who|what|where|when)\s*(is)?\s*(\w+)/i; my $type = $1; my $ism = $3; unless ($ism) { die "Must specify a term to search for.\n"; } if ($type =~ /who/i) { $type = 1; } elsif ($type =~ /what/i) { $type = 2; } elsif ($type =~ /where/i) { $type = 3; } elsif ($type =~ /when/i) { $type = 4; } else { die "Unknown query type! Should be: who, what, where, or when.\n"; } my $ua = LWP::UserAgent->new(); my $response = $ua->post('', { ism => $ism, type => $type }, ); unless($response->is_success) { die "$response->status_line\n"; } my $googlism = $response->content; my $output = XML::RSS->new(version => '0.91'); $output->channel( title => "Googlism for: $ism", link => "$ism&type=$typ +e", language => 'en', description => ' will find out what thinks of + you', ); while ($googlism =~ /($ism is.+)<br>/g) { $output->add_item(title => $1); } print $output->as_string; __END__ =pod =head1 NAME googlism -- Query =head1 SYNOPSIS B<googlism who|what|where|when [is] searchterm > =head1 DESCRIPTION Googlism was created as a fun tool to see what Google "thinks" of cert +ain topics and people. Of course, the results are not really Google's opin +ion, they're yours, the web site owners of the world. Within the Google res +ults are thousands of your thoughts and opinions about thousands of different t +opics and people, we simply search Google and let you know what website owne +rs think about the name or topic you suggested. This script lets you query and formats the results of + your query in RSS 0.91 XML format. You can then postprocess this in variou +s ways such as converting it to HTML to add to your web site. =head1 INSTALLATION Make the script executable. You will also need the B<LWP>, and B<XML: +:RSS> packages from CPAN. =head1 SEE ALSO L<> =head1 AUTHOR Jaldhar H. Vyas E<lt>jaldhar@braincells.comE<gt> =head1 LICENSE This code is free software under the Crowley Public License ("Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the license") =head1 VERSION 1.0 -- Nov 10, 2002 =cut