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Google Thy Self

 11:16 pm on Oct 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

A rather amusing article on the art of Googling ones self:




 6:54 pm on Oct 24, 2002 (gmt 0)


Your multiple identities....

Forgot to mention: Apparently I also run a funeral home. Maybe I can get a discount from them.... At my age, one begins to think of such things! ;)


 6:59 pm on Oct 24, 2002 (gmt 0)


Just wait until all the courthouses begin to post the public records online.

Hey! Why does "Does SE spam pay?" come up under MY nick?


 7:12 pm on Oct 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

Creative Craig & Jack of all Trades :

Scary. I too am the proud owner of a name shared with a baseball player! I did an ego-search awhile back, and to my dismay, I wasn't even top 10. :(

To top it all off, the baseball player in question doesn't even play in the majors, he set a bunch of pitching records in college, and got alot of attention.


Story of my life.


- Chad


 4:23 am on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

I come up #1 for my name. Also #100. Also #1000. There are advantages to being prolific *and* having a very weird name! :-)


 4:33 am on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

My name is the same as the name of the professional golfer, David DuVal. I'm not so sure he's all that! Give me a little time. We'll see who's the greatest! #8 and climbing...


 7:54 am on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Cool.. never really checked, but I rank first on Google for my Name! It is my profile on my company page, so I could indeed use it as a reference with clients!


 9:41 am on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

I thought this was a "vanity search"!


 10:22 am on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

As off today, i come up no.7 out of 325,000. I did say it was a little competitive.


 11:14 am on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

Six of me before the ICQ page sneaked in ... phone number was more interesting; no link to me at all :) but I now understand all those wrong number callers - the right number, but dropping area code numbers.


 1:11 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

DvDuval - Don't worry, if Duval (the golfer) keeps playing the way he has over the past 14 months or so, I think that top spot could be yours in less than a month ;)

- Chad


 6:59 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

egosurf [tuxedo.org] vi.

To search the net for your name or links to your web pages. Perhaps connected to long-established SF-fan slang `egoscan', to search for one's name in a fanzine.

I first saw the term "ego-surfing" mentioned in TBL's Weaving the Web [w3.org]. Very nice book, BTW.


 8:29 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

I'm 1 through 9 for mine, but number 10 is a convicted and executed murderer with my first name as his last name and vis versa.

I better throw up some more content to push him off the first page of the SERPs since you're judged by the company you keep


 8:37 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

For my Dave-style name my site is third.
For David, I'm nowhere
For Dave2 I'm nowhere, but there is something about naked computer using... o_O


 5:02 am on Oct 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Martin - yes, it's a wonderful way to remind yourself what you've posted on LKML. I posted twice, total, but it still accounts for most of the hits if I search for my full name with middle initial. I now at least out-rank the stale LKML archives with my own site, but that wasn't always the case. Used to be just LKML and site's about the guy who founded a town called "Dingman's Ferry" in Pensylvania.

As for my phone number, the first hit is the local League of Women Voters, and the second is a location finder for what looks to be a chain of gyms called "Curves for Women". Third is my the contact information page of my personal web site, and fourth is my wife's résumé, which resides inside my web site because she doesn't bother to maintain her own. (She has in the past, just not lately.)

troels nybo nielsen

 6:34 am on Oct 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

For those of us with three or more names self-googling has some interesting problems/possibilities: Google one single name? Google all names? Google any pairing of names? For me personally the middle name makes the difference between anonymity and uniquenes.

[edited by: troels_nybo_nielsen at 7:16 am (utc) on Oct. 26, 2002]


 6:42 am on Oct 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

>For me personally the middle name makes the difference between anonymity and uniquenes.

Heh, I just tried this and I'm the other way around :)

But then since my first name is Shelley I get all kinds of literature sites bumping me down the page no matter which combination I use. Of course a phrase search brings me to the top but I somehow feel that's cheating.



 11:17 am on Oct 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

>For those of us with three or more names self-googling has some interesting problems/possibilities

It's strange but I've never put my middle name online. I tried to search but Google returns zero results.

Btw anybody knows who's Martin Tkachev or probably only Tkachev, I don't really like the idea that Gugle thinks my name is a speling error.


 2:58 pm on Oct 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

I own www.mylastname.com but it's a very rare name. There wasn't much competition for it.

troels nybo nielsen

 4:08 pm on Oct 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

I own one of the new .name domains. Haven't put any content on it yet. I have no idea if it will change my personal Google-rankings. Any experiences?


 7:29 am on Oct 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

This thread is too much fun! I have been Googling my sites for some time. Of course I have the Google bar so I can check PR and link tos etc. Then I also search with key words that fit my sites.

But I never thought of Googling my name as it is so common so tonight I did and I am #####1! My poetry chapbook site. Not that I am a famous poet, in fact I'm only a barely published poet. But I have my name as part of the page title.

troels nybo nielsen

 7:44 am on Oct 27, 2002 (gmt 0)


Congratiulations! Yes, with such a name it takes something to be no. 1.

Just visited your site. Only the frontpage, but I will return later and dig deeper. It's beautiful. And very feminine in the best possible sense of this word. Congratiulations once more.

[Ooops! Spelling errors?]


 3:28 pm on Oct 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

I think it mostly just shows how important it is to have good descriptive key words in the title line. Google seems to give that a lot of weight.


 3:41 pm on Oct 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Unfortunatley my last name is a small middle eastern country so i am buried under a load of oil companies pages.


 7:08 pm on Oct 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Several times in my referral logs, I've found people searching for me by my full name.

Last year, I was doing some research on a medical condition. I stumbled on a page which was the output of a database query done in some hospital database. It had medical details, names, etc of various patients. Now, that was *very* scary.

troels nybo nielsen

 7:16 pm on Oct 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

> Now, that was *very* scary.

I would have thougt that it was also illegal.


 7:38 pm on Oct 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

>I would have thougt that it was also illegal.

Yes, you would think so. But, someone was foolish/insensitive/whatever enough to post other people's medical data on the web.

Over the weekend, someone was Googling me, and when I followed through, I ended up on some goverment/tax directory, listing tax information about various people. I wasn't on the list, but one person on the list had my first name and someone else had my last name, so, overall, the query was a match.

Nothing is sacred anymore.....

troels nybo nielsen

 8:53 pm on Oct 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Things like that might also be done on purpose. If I were a vengeful person, I would be able to completely scandalize a person that I dislike, by making a page about that person and giving it some SEO.

But something IS sacred, so I won't do that.


 12:57 am on Oct 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

haven't done this in years :)

number one still...and also 2, 3, 6 and 7

the bass player in the gay heavy metal band in Houston isn't at number two any more...which is good...even better, he's now in a spin off of the Fabulous Thunderbirds...so I'm almost jealous

most of the results are me though...I'm fairly prolific on Usenet and contribute now and again to a w3c group

I also share a name with a top class BMX competitor, a hang glider pilot, a rancher, a teacher, a gynaecologist, a family doctor, a guitarist...and unbeknownst to Google a friend of a friend who lives on the Isle of Barra and who has never owned a computer

it's always nice to know something that Google doesn't


 5:08 am on Oct 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

[smug smile]

#1, #2: D.G. Brown (same results as DG Brown, D. G. Brown, D G Brown)

#113: D.G. (same results as DG, D. G., D G)

I also have the .net and .org for dgbrown, but I don't have a site on either (E-mail and network stuff). Some laywer got the .com a while ago.

Originally, I was frustrated. All three of my names are in the top 7 for their place. Let alone trying to get ranked for my initials. So, I did something about it. Now I'm top two in just about every engine :)

-D.G. Brown


 5:23 pm on Nov 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

I totally own my my full name on Google, but my first name competes with the PR7 "Dane County, Wisconsin" website. :(


 5:46 pm on Nov 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

Ive gone from nowhere to 4th in this update!

Just a baseball player, a grant scholarship and an electrical engineer to knock out of the way (the neurosurgeon was a pushover! ;)).

Question though:

Those of you who own www.yourname.com....

...is your email address me@yourname.com?

(ie, email me at myname.com...)

That would be a great way for your non techy mates to remember your email address! ;)


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