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Google gets Gaga'd

Maggie Shiels | 17:24 UK time, Wednesday, 23 March 2011

It was nerd central at the Googleplex as the search engine's headquarters twinkled with the star power of Lady Gaga, who stopped by while she was in the Bay Area for part of her tour.

Lady Gaga

Of late it has been Facebook and Twitter that have been viewed as the hip and happening places to visit in Silicon Valley. But while those two companies can brag about Katie Perry and Snoop Dogg, Google has shown it can still pull in the big names with undoubtedly the biggest get in showbiz.

The packed event, which was part of the company's musicians@google series, started off with a video they had made to illustrate how instrumental the web, and Google, have been in the musician's career.

Google's Marissa Mayer peeled away Lady Gaga by the numbers. She told the performer that she is a "search star" with 443 million hits for the term "Lady Gaga" on Google, 630 million views on Gaga's "Bad Romance" YouTube video and 20 million singles downloaded on iTunes. Over the last three and a half days 54,000 questions were posed using Google Moderator with 250,000 votes on her YouTube page.

Dressed in thigh high boots and black sunnies, Lady Gaga was revealing and funny and nerdy as they come: "When I was in high school all my girlfriends wanted to get jobs here [at Google] and I wanted to be what they were searching for," said the pop diva. Big score for the recruitment folks at Google, which was cited as the number one place to work by the Wall Street Journal this week.

Watch the interview with Lady Gaga here.

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