Google Chrome Porn Mode
Google Chrome Porn Mode

Back on May 2nd, 2005, I blogged about Safari’s new-at-the-time “Private Browsing” feature on TUAW. In the post, I noted:

 

My take: Browsing without any history or tracks of your browsing? Porn mode.

Today, with the launch of Google Chrome, Google introduced something they’re calling Incognito mode (screenshot above). Take note of the icon with the hat, shades, and up-turned collar of a trench coat. I’m sure Google’s official line is that that icon represents espionage and spying and being top secret, thus incognito. In reality, the only people who dress like that are flashers and this is nothing but a 2005 feature of Safari called Porn Mode reborn.

Now if only someone in the open source community would hack it a bit and call it what it is.

ps—besides this one disgusting bit, I’m liking Google Chrome so far. It’s very very fast and the ability to make any webpage its own application is very seamlessly implemented.

7 thoughts on “Google Chrome’s Porn Mode

  1. I agree, call it what it is, but I can see using this mode for one-time searches that I don’t want mucking up my history and the omnibar’s predictive technology. For example, if I looked up a john deere dealership for my brother, but I absolutely don’t care about tractors, this might come in handy.

  2. Thank you.
    We were looking at it at work and I clicked it on. My co-worker asked what it was for–so I told her she could finally look at porn at work with no danger.
    Google could have made it a lot less… blatant, I guess…
    Private Browsing is a lot more discrete in Safari

  3. Unfortunatly Chrome’s Incognito mode isn’t really private. It keeps so-called “flash cookies” even after leaving the Incognito mode. So every website can still keep track on you using this technique. And other users of your computer can see where you have been surfed too.

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