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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 ;)
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)
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.
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. ;)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!