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Google Saves A Life
Hostage Freed After Captors Google Him
michael heraghty




msg:81821
 10:28 am on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

From BBC News [news.bbc.co.uk]:

An Australian journalist kidnapped in Iraq was freed after his captors checked the popular internet search engine Google to confirm his identity.

... His executive producer at Australia's SBS network, Mike Carey, said Google probably saved freelance journalist Martinkus.

"They Googled him and then went onto a web site - either his own or his book publisher's web site, I don't know which one - and saw that he was who he was, and that was instrumental in letting him go, I think, or swinging their decision," he told AP news agency.


 

BillyS




msg:81822
 1:38 pm on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

Good thing his last name wasn't Viagra.

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:81823
 1:41 pm on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

ROFLMAO :)

How about Slim Viagra?

Chndru




msg:81824
 3:20 pm on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

They Googled him..

Google always seem to sway back as 'media darling'. That's amazing ;)

cabbie




msg:81825
 3:54 pm on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

Too funny Billys.

chessdragon




msg:81826
 4:02 pm on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

Googled is now a verb. I first heard it on a Sex and the City Episode on HBO...Since then Ive heard it about 10 times...

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:81827
 4:17 pm on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

Oh well! If it was on Sex and the City it must be right :)

Chndru




msg:81828
 5:14 pm on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

>>I first heard it on a Sex and the City Episode on HBO

Google just buys spots on the popular t.v. shows. (the old fashioned marketing!)

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:81829
 6:20 pm on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

Correct, it used to be (still is?) known as product placement. Next time you see a bottle of Bud or JB in a TV or movie program don't think it got there by accident. Advertisers pay big bucks to be associated with popular programs.

nuevojefe




msg:81830
 10:52 pm on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)


Good google good. Glad the site with his info wasn't sandboxed.

McMohan




msg:81831
 5:14 am on Oct 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Good google good. Glad the site with his info wasn't sandboxed.

LOL

boredguru




msg:81832
 5:30 am on Oct 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Wonder exactly how many backlinks exactly it is that saved his life? Or should be thankful that results were not censored there.
Moral of the story: Webmasters going to Iraq, dont skimp on buying backlinks or better yet Adwords.

Kidding.
I remember sometime back a 10 year old case of a missing person was solved after the inspector used Google to find out what happened to that person.
Seems he was hit and run.
You should also check out the feedback section in Google you will find lots of other lives that were probably saved by Google.

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:81833
 7:35 am on Oct 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I know 34 webmasters, (no - wait a minute, I just got a call - make that 35) who died from starvation as a result of the Sandbox.

Nikke




msg:81834
 8:30 am on Oct 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Only, Google don't approve of Google the verb:

[listserv.linguistlist.org...]

From the official trademark page
Use the trademark ONLY as an adjective, NEVER as a noun or verb, and NEVER in the plural or possessive form.

[google.com...]

BeeDeeDubbleU




msg:81835
 9:00 am on Oct 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I hate it as a verb. To me it sounds like something, slightly risque, that you would do to someone to make them laugh. Like goosing them or tickling them in a vaguely erogenous zone or something.

E.g. "I know what you need - you need a good googling!"

adfree




msg:81836
 2:32 pm on Oct 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Fortunately they shortened the ad inserts or the goooooooooooooooooooogling might have contributed to a more tougher decision.

Uh, wasn't that BBC now, wasn't it? Will Sky buy this report to feature it right besides the AdSense unit?

internetheaven




msg:81837
 8:42 pm on Oct 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Good thing his last name wasn't Viagra.

I'm suprised the top twenty results for the jounalist's name weren't viagra spam pages. Then again, maybe they were and they let him go cause he promised them a discount ...

Good google good. Glad the site with his info wasn't sandboxed.

Heh! Sandboxed ... in Iraq ... (was the pun unintended?)

"But his captors agreed to release him after they were convinced he was not working for the CIA or a US contractor."- After checking Google? I'm sorry, but if that was the intelligence report they used to make decisions they don't stand a chance. I wonder if that is how Tony Blair made his decision?

Tony: Cherie! Type in "saddam's weapons of mass destruction" will you?

Cherie: It says 2,398,387 results Tony!

Tony: Right, that's it, we're going to war!


SlyOldDog




msg:81838
 9:09 pm on Oct 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I wonder how many others got toasted becuase Google found incriminating evidence?

I guess we'll never find out........

nuevojefe




msg:81839
 10:31 pm on Oct 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I don't know how many of you ever read that story about how they watch the queries as they come in and one time something that was obviously a suicide related question made them intervene by serving up a particular site.

Perhaps those angels at the 'plex saw "Is John Martinkus a US Contractor or CIA if So he's gonna die. Oh yea and Paris hilton video".

and miraculously they did an instant intervention (I can't believe someone bought and published that rubish about the suicide intervention).

And how after saying that BTW can they say "we do not manually alter serps"?

DerekH




msg:81840
 10:34 pm on Oct 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Wow, I never knew that the algorithm behind saving someone's life merited more discussion than the life that was saved.

Funny old world....
DerekH

subway




msg:81841
 10:36 pm on Oct 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

they watch the queries as they come

That's got to be in the region of about 2500 per second @ 200 million a day?

skipfactor




msg:81842
 7:48 am on Oct 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hey, give his SEO a hug. Reminds me of a Brett thread in the Supporters Forum a while back...something like: "Ego Thread--who ranks best for their first name--no nicknames..."

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