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3:49 am on Sep 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Am I to understand GoogleGuy is Sergey or Larry? I usually get the impression you put the homepage for the site you own :)

I don't want to start trouble, maybe I'm just being silly but I have nothing better to do right at this moment and just noticed it while looking at his profile :) (assuming male because of "guy") I guess I'm just curious to know more about GoogleGuy and if Sergey or Larry would ever post here...

Hopefully I posted this in the right forum, I didn't want to get stoned to death by posting it in the Google News forum ;)

4:22 am on Sept 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>Am I to understand GoogleGuy is Sergey or Larry?

I get that in email all the time. My answer is usually:

Never wear loose clothing near rotating shafts. Seriously, I usually put the cap back on before brushing. Otherwise, you risk losing the cap down the drain. (FAQ Writers Guild: ask a silly question, get a silly answer)

Some think they know who gg is. Others speculate and assume they know who gg is, but the masked avengers status is unknown to all. I do know, that it is not who half of those who think know who it is. ('course that depends upon your definition of _is_ is)

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I'd guess Craig since he's such a nice guy and seems to be the most frequently available Googler doing interviews and attending conferences.

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5:03 am on Sept 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Actually, I suspect GoogleGuy was sent to post here by the powers at be just to get a PageRank boost from the member profile page.......

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My guess would be Larry Page. Somebody else pointed out in another post that Googleguy used the term "I'm backing off" when talking about easing up on penalties. Not "we" or "our department" or "Google" but "I'm".

Plus in his profile it states that his hobby is "search engines". I remember reading something about Larry Page either on the Google site or some interview that used a very similar turn of phrase about his hobby being search engines.

So that's my best guess.

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Jane, if it were either Larry or Sergey, I would think Sergey, because he is co-founder (technology), and Larry is co-founder (products) ...according to google's information pages. And I would think applying penalties is more of the technology department. Of course this is all speculation :)

Ah well. I wonder if he'll wander into this thread, probably have a good laugh at me :) I know if I co-founded Google and came across this forum, I would like to post here too, even if I had a lot to do and was making millions. Seems as though they have time for fun given all the frills and toys in the Googleplex. Not sure if I would come out and say I'm GoogleGuy, though. ;)

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There was an article in Smithsonian magazine awhile back about Don Foster, a man who studies writing samples for a living. The FBI used him to confirm that Ted Kaczynski was, in fact, the unabomber. Foster said you can basically tell the author of any document if you have enough writing samples to compare because everybody has a distinct style of writing - turns of phrase, uniquely misused grammar, mispellings. etc.

[smithsonianmag.si.edu ]

So when I saw the same turn of phrase in an article on Larry Page as in the Googleguy profile, it rang a bell.

So that's my guess and I'm stickin' to it.

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Somebody else pointed out in another post that Googleguy used the term "I'm backing off" when talking about easing up on penalties.

Yep, I quoted that little slip (if that's what it was :))in a post in one of the long penalty threads.

But to me it didn't say much about who it is, even if it was an accurate expression. It would just say that he has authority over that one thing, which could easily have been delegated to one of any number of people inside the 'plex. It would at least mean, though, that he's not a complete "nobody" -- but that's already obvious in his answers.

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So when I saw the same turn of phrase in an article on Larry Page as in the Googleguy profile, it rang a bell.

Hmm... just checked his profile. Do you mean this phrase?

skin: default

:)

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I reckon it's Jim Reese - because he has the power AND the authority to look at sites and lift the penalities on them if they deserve it. Sergey and Larry are too busy eating Caviar in the staff canteen ;)
11:37 am on Sept 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

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You mean he's not the checkout guy at:

http://www.googlegear.com/jsp/Service/Googleguy.jsp

?

(I always thought that was just a clever bit of misdirection -- that clerk looks suspiciously like Elvis to me :)).

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my theory is that googleguy is acutally bill gates and the google thing is just a smoke screen.

anyone noticed any M$N improvements that were discussed previously on WW? :)

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Actually i take it back - that was a terrible thing to say about someone...
12:29 pm on Sept 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I just found a picture of GoogleGuy on Google's site :

[google.com...]

He is the one in red on top left picture.

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>>his hobby being search engines

Hey, that is my hobby too! ;)

The thing that gets me is GG actually gets paid to hang out at WebmasterWorld as part of his job description. He does not even need sneak peeks while the boss is not looking at work. How cool is that?

That is right up there with Pizza Taster and Beer Inspector as cool jobs, in my book.

7:01 am on Oct 22, 2002 (gmt 0)

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So, Y'all think its just one guy, huh.

The GoogleGuy collective will be chuckling as they regenerate tonight.

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I used to assume that GoogleGuy was more than one person. But lately im thinking his writing style is so uniform it may well be the same person.

Ive been itching to put his posts through some experimental text analysis software we have here that is pretty good at identifiying whether a variety of text snapshots are coming from the same writer based on style, grammar, etc etc.

Thats something for later!

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>it is not who half of those who think know who it is

Brett this suggest's that the other half are right!

10:14 pm on Oct 23, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I'm not telling. chiyo, keep that computer analysis away from me! :)
12:45 am on Oct 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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hmm...and I was beginning to think that gg and chiyo were a tag team.
1:21 am on Oct 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I think gg's coments are all written by the same person, but I think there is a lot of colaberative thought that goes on behind the scenes :)
5:00 am on Oct 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Haha GG's comment to chiyo is the best proof:
He fears being caught !
Now we know we're on the right way. :)

Ok, I can start collecting all the 2002 GG posts here.
[Hope someone has also the previous..]

After that, why not build a monster C/perl utility that grabs the most common snippet of GG style, and search them in a big db.. oops, say Google i.ex.?

Another interesting thing: create a little db with the window time of GG posts, and see if there is any useful pattern.

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5:33 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Actually, I change my earlier guess. The same turn of phrase was for Sergey Brinn, not Larry Page.

Similar turns of phrase:

From google.coms "about us" info:

Brin's research interests include search engines, information extraction from unstructured sources, and data mining of large text collections and scientific data.

from Googleguy's webmasterworld profile:
Interests: Search engines. Definitely search engines.

When people ask me what I do for a job I say stuff with search engines, but when they ask me my hobbies or interests I usually say things like yoga or hiking. So having search engines as an *interest* written in two places for Sergey Brinn and Googleguy caught my eye as being a unique turn of phrase.

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GG, I have this psychometric test for you. It won't reveal your identity but it'll be fun. Come on, go for it.
6:00 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I thinks GG weighs 225 lbs., contains 4783 jelly beans, will render 16-18-23-27-39-45 with a bonus number of 2 if well shaken, AND whatever it is, it's mineral, and it's in his right hand.
6:09 pm on Oct 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

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GG could just be some tech guy no-ones ever heard of.

Google by their own admittance have, and I quote "Quite a few" incognito members here. GG could be just PR, the reall names could be anyone!

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GoogleGuy is not Sergey or Larry.
4:12 pm on Oct 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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The people from Google scare the hell out of me! They hold so much power over each of us individually that I am tempted to never post.

I have been working 16 hours / 7 days a week for years to get up enough money to buy some friends, and they hold the power to set me back to the beginning...as a matter of fact I am back at the beginning! But, I sill have my dog!

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I have been working 16 hours / 7 days a week for years to get up enough money to buy some friends...

Ok I have to ask - Where do you buy friends? :)

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"Ok I have to ask - Where do you buy friends?"

I'd have to charge you a lot of money for that information!

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