Goojje: A new search site pops up in Google's wake
While Google and the Chinese government were duking it out in the headlines, Chinese netizens were doing what they do best behind the scenes: creating their own shanzhai version of the website: Goojje (谷姐). Dubbed “Google’s little sister” due to the fact that 姐 is pronounced “jie” and 姐 姐 means “little sister,” the site appears to be more of an art piece than a serious attempt to fill Google's shoes, according to the Shanghaiist.
The line under the Goojje's logo reads: “哥的留下是为了姐，哥依然迷恋着姐," "Brother’s stay is for sister, brother is still obsessed with sister."
Although Goojje is a shanzhai version of Google, after reading the page, it’s easy to see that the site is less about competing with Google or creating (another) local version -- Baidu would be the first -- but more about poking fun at the current state of affairs in China.
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