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Posted by iWanToUseaMac (Member # 4993) on January 15, 2007, 10:46:
 
Have you ever googled your name just for fun? Or maybe for pleasure [Beard of Peter Gabriel!] ?

I just did it. I looked at the first 250 results related to my name (I used "Juan Marulanda" as keywords, without quotation marks) and I found that there are 8 pages related to me from 6 different domains.

I know that's not exorbitant but it's a big jumpstart since last year I got zero results

These are the pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 (I'm not sure 8 does count since it is a RSS feed but google marked it like a separate result) [Confused]

If anyone would like to share their results, feel welcome.
 
Posted by uilleann (Member # 1297) on January 15, 2007, 11:00:
 
I think it depends on how you define "celebrity". There are plenty of results for me, but I don't think any of them make me a celebrity.

I have lots of #1 rankings on the BBC Games Archive High Scores, such as Omega Probe and Bandits, through pure virtue of being the only person who's ever submitted scores for those games. I have some other scores which are up there with other submitters, which is odd, since I'm not that good and spent very little time practising. A Rebecca Fox beat me at Frenzy by a huge margin -- I have so got to meet her :P

I don't think that my ailing abilities on 8-bit games makes me a celebrity though, by anyone's standards.
 
Posted by maximile (Member # 3446) on January 15, 2007, 11:03:
 
I'm currently result 13 for my name. When I'm important enough to have a Wikipedia entry, I might go up.

I'm most of the top twenty if you search for maximile, though.
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on January 15, 2007, 11:10:
 
I have a fairly common name, so googling for it returns lots of matches for other people. None of the links on the first 10 pages refer to me, although I did find a several doctors and engineers, an astronomer, the chief distiller at one of my favourite whisky makers, and a tory MP.

I do have one google claim to fame though, I once worked with a guy who arrived in Melbourne from Scotland, googled for his skill set and 'Melbourne', found my CV (I have similar skills), and then sent off applications to all the companies listed there. He ended up working at the desk next to mine, although he steadfastly refused my demands for a percentage of his salary.
 
Posted by BooBooKitty (Member # 5566) on January 15, 2007, 11:37:
 
try googling "bunny toaster" under newsgroups. I sort of had a hand in that little bit of folklore...
 
Posted by Serenak (Member # 2950) on January 15, 2007, 15:04:
 
Serenak will currently turn me up in the first 3... (MacNN, GC and Slashnet - don't bother it won't tell you anything you can't find here.. probably much less than digging through my posts here actually - I don't exactly "hide" my RL details even if I don't necessarily shout em from the rooftops.

My real name will turn me up at 6 or 7 (depending on if you count sub pages) at my local MUG (becuase I recently gave a presentation on troubleshooting OS X)

Before that... I was nowhere "maaaan" [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Tominfla (Member # 6767) on January 15, 2007, 15:42:
 
I hardly show up in the net. A friend of mine was at a web site to look up my real name and it said I don't exist!

I always knew I was a fantasy in my own mind. [Applause]

BTW welcome iWanToUseaMac!
 
Posted by Serenak (Member # 2950) on January 15, 2007, 15:45:
 
Ha ha ha

Oh how true is that Taminflu...

Not found on Google = doesn't have any consequence

[Big Grin]
 
Posted by drunkennewfiemidget (Member # 2814) on January 15, 2007, 16:13:
 
I've written a bunch of modules on CPAN, and have subscribed to and posted on plenty of mailing lists that have me found in google hundreds of times.

I'm anything but an Internet celebrity, however.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on January 15, 2007, 16:13:
 
iWanToUseaMac______________________Well I Googled and I'm every where. Not just me a lot of these boards I have never visited. I guess I picked a popular screen name, or it became popular.
 
Posted by stevenback7 (Member # 5114) on January 15, 2007, 16:37:
 
lol i've never used my real name for anything on the web so "stevenback7" it is i guess, but most of them are gc entries.
 
Posted by Steen (Member # 170) on January 15, 2007, 16:39:
 
Googling my real name comes up with just 27 hits. Only one of those is actually me.
 
Posted by Tominfla (Member # 6767) on January 15, 2007, 16:58:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Serenak:
Oh how true is that Taminflu...

Yay! Another name variation! [Applause]

Let's see that is tamiflu, timinflo, and taminflu.... [Big Grin]
 
Posted by catgoddess (Member # 6838) on January 15, 2007, 18:04:
 
My name comes up 975 times and they're all me! [Smile] (mostly content articles I maintain my by-line to)

You'd be amazed at how impressive that is to employers. I tell potential clients to "Google me!" and they do and I typically get the job. Now, if only "Give me a raise" worked just as well...
 
Posted by Black Widow (Member # 3046) on January 15, 2007, 18:23:
 
Googling my married name returns 7 pages. Apparently I'm on the dean's list and a talented artist. [Big Grin] Actually only a few of the entries are me. [cry baby]
 
Posted by iWanToUseaMac (Member # 4993) on January 15, 2007, 18:36:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Tominfla:
quote:
Originally posted by Serenak:
Oh how true is that Taminflu...

Yay! Another name variation! [Applause]

Let's see that is tamiflu, timinflo, and taminflu.... [Big Grin]

You got an alternate signature for free!
 
Posted by Metasquares (Member # 4441) on January 15, 2007, 19:40:
 
49,600 hits for my name in quotes. Most aren't me, but I do appear in the first page (and generally make a decent showing).

The important thing is that my resume and portfolio appear on the second page. I have actually received job offers based on people finding my stuff on search engines (mostly Yahoo!, where they rank highly for terms like "computer science", but sometimes Google as well).
 
Posted by -ct- (Member # 209) on January 15, 2007, 21:46:
 
10 pages with my name (but not of me)

found a resume on a site that i haven't checked in 3 years
managed to remember my username and pass and deleted it with a quickness, but it's in google's cache so it'll still show up for quite a while
damn [Mad]

and found an article on a tech blog with my name from march 20, 2002 [Applause]
 
Posted by Grummash (Member # 4289) on January 15, 2007, 21:59:
 
OK - according to the top results on google:

1) I wrote a definitive guide to whisky
2) I'm a guitarist from Macroom in West Cork
3) I was a sports journalist for Time magazine
(yeah, right!)
4) I am a news photographer who photographed the
aftermath of the JFK assassination.
5) ...and I am a professor of mathematical biology!

and so it goes on - page after page after page....but no sign of the real me at all. [ohwell]
 
Posted by Sxeptomaniac (Member # 3698) on January 15, 2007, 23:08:
 
My real name is fairly common, and even with some creative searching it can take some work to find myself. However, my online name is (so far) unique, so all web searches there turn up myself.

This was a little surprising. I found that I got quoted at the end of an article in a New Zealand paper, referencing one of our discussions with a new person who didn't feel grammar or spelling were necessary.
 
Posted by uilleann (Member # 1297) on January 15, 2007, 23:17:
 
And she's hot, too =) You lucky SOB.
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on January 15, 2007, 23:47:
 
hey cool Sxeptomaniac!
 
Posted by Stibbons (Member # 2515) on January 16, 2007, 02:08:
 
The top two are me, then apparently I'm a retired person who also works in the London Stock Exchange before we get back to me.

"Stibbons" doesn't come up with anything until page 5, where instead it brings up a friend of mine from uni who has a second name that sounds a bit like stibbons [crazy] , but the other nick I use for just about everything tops google until the last item on page 1.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on January 16, 2007, 05:08:
 
iWanToUseaMac___________________Okay this time I used my real name. It appears that I am, a writer, a professor, a doctor, a pastor, a research scientist, a musician, and a dead man as my name appears on THE WALL.
 
Posted by uilleann (Member # 1297) on January 16, 2007, 05:31:
 
There are only two people on the Web with my name, and quite possibly we're the only two in the world. All results that have anything to do with school sports belong to the other kid. The rest are all me.
 
Posted by Metasquares (Member # 4441) on January 16, 2007, 10:37:
 
quote:
Originally posted by uilleann:
There are only two people on the Web with my name, and quite possibly we're the only two in the world. All results that have anything to do with school sports belong to the other kid. The rest are all me.

Replace "school sports" with "movies" and you've described my situation as well [Smile]
 
Posted by Ugh, MightyClub (Member # 3112) on January 16, 2007, 10:38:
 
My real name without quotes gets more pages of results than I cared to sift through. I had a few hits on the first few pages, including the top three (woohoo!). I even got a tip published in MacinTouch, apparently, and it actually helped someone out. Yay!

With quotes I get a page with six results, all me. My name is likely unique, at least for now.

A search on "ugh mightyclub" (no uotes) yields only three pages, almost all Geek Culture related, and mostly apparently people scraping the GC TidBits list into their blog.
 
Posted by TMBWITW,PB (Member # 1734) on January 16, 2007, 10:38:
 
I just googled my GC nick. Apparantly I'm some guy in England's girlfriend. [Eek!]

http://www.talklfc.com/forums/index.php?s=e5a3d8fd9765c067f46af263641c136d&showtopic=3670&st=15&p=620771&#entry620771

Edit:

And it looks like my picture here was used as an example of geek girls.

http://www.kirupa.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-196566.html (toward the bottom in a post by eurosickwitit)

It is really hard to read their writing, so I'm not sure if that one is complimentary or not. :/

After looking through a few more pages, it seems like my GC picture is being used all over the place as an example of a fat, ugly, nerd girl. [weep] [Frown]
 
Posted by garlicguy (Member # 3166) on January 16, 2007, 10:59:
 
When I web searched my first name and surname in the mid-90's, I was the predominant return on the first 2 pages, including a couple of very primative web sites I had at the time.

In 2007 a Google Search of first and last name will return nearly half a million listings and I have not yet found myself among them. If you add my middle initial and use quotes, the number of returns drops to a more manageable 563 and I'm on the first several pages. Some of my writings were published in the 1970's and 1980's (while I was in my 20's and 30's) but none of those are indexed.

A man in the Seattle area who shares my same name is a current and active author and illustrator of children's books and is evidently quite popular and successful.

I have a very common surname and a somewhat common first name.

A search on my GC nick returns comments here at GC Forums.


[ohwell]
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on January 16, 2007, 12:02:
 
I googled my real name. First page is all me, mostly my publications, but also some stuff from my undergrad days. I didn't look past that first page though. My real first name isn't super common, but it's not super rare either - it's just one of those names that people have been using for centuries and never really disappears. My last name is a bit rare, in the US at least.

My nick results in lots of science sites (considering I named myself after a molecule...), but, on the second page, I discovered there's some chick on Vampire Freaks who also calls herself Xanthine. And here I thought I was so original. [Razz]
 
Posted by shriver (Member # 3556) on January 16, 2007, 12:49:
 
oooh, fabulous...

I am apparently:

- A Photographer
- A real estate agent (this guy even has my middle initial)
- A cross country team member for the river city rebels
- An applications engineer (I wish)
- An AIDS activist in San Francisco

I am a blip on the internet, and I think I'm ok with that.
 
Posted by Black Widow (Member # 3046) on January 16, 2007, 12:59:
 
quote:
Originally posted by TMBWITW,PB:
I just googled my GC nick. Apparantly I'm some guy in England's girlfriend. [Eek!]

http://www.talklfc.com/forums/index.php?s=e5a3d8fd9765c067f46af263641c136d&showtopic=3670&st=15&p=620771&#entry620771

Edit:

And it looks like my picture here was used as an example of geek girls.

http://www.kirupa.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-196566.html (toward the bottom in a post by eurosickwitit)

It is really hard to read their writing, so I'm not sure if that one is complimentary or not. :/

After looking through a few more pages, it seems like my GC picture is being used all over the place as an example of a fat, ugly, nerd girl. [weep] [Frown]

(((hugs))) I don't think any of us feel that way, Peebs. That one guy is really stupid...doesn't get the binary shirt... [Roll Eyes]
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on January 16, 2007, 13:07:
 
Peebs, those jerks could never in a million years even hope to get a woman as beautiful, intelligent, and loving as you.

You rock, and you're hot. [thumbsup]
 
Posted by Stereo (Member # 748) on January 16, 2007, 13:39:
 
quote:
Originally posted by TMBWITW,PB:
After looking through a few more pages, it seems like my GC picture is being used all over the place as an example of a fat, ugly, nerd girl. [weep] [Frown]

Well, apart from every GC members, I am sure there are at least two persons who will beg to differ on that opinion, and they are the people the most important to you. Because some never grew out of high school mentality doesn't mean the whole world is stupid. [Wink] So who's opinion will you trust? To he** with those jocks, and continue to be our very own TMBWITW,PB! [thumbsup]

(Oh, and I'm a nobody on the Web. Googling my full name with quotes still gives me a last on second page ranking. Sharing my name with an important MD in France doesn't help. As for my nickname, I only get sales pitches!)
 
Posted by maximile (Member # 3446) on January 16, 2007, 13:54:
 
PB, I think it's cause you come up near the top of a Google image search for "geek girl". Which, IMO, is pretty cool.

EDIT: slightly NSFW. Sorry BW. [blush]
 
Posted by Black Widow (Member # 3046) on January 16, 2007, 14:01:
 
quote:
Originally posted by maximile:
PB, I think it's cause you come up near the top of a Google image search for "geek girl". Which, IMO, is pretty cool.

[Eek!] [Eek!] [Eek!] Whoops! Moderate safe search off at work is dangerous!
 
Posted by iWanToUseaMac (Member # 4993) on January 16, 2007, 14:26:
 
Hello everybody!
Wow! This topic has become a very popular one, considering I'm a newbie, so I would like to thank you all.
I also want to share my fictional persona:
1. I'm a singer from Cali, Colombia
2. I'm a composer from Bogota, Colombia
3. I helped in the creation of the colombian constitution of 1991
4. I study in the University of Medellin.
My real person starts on the second page

And PB, don't be upset, I know you're a prominent figure in GC and shouldn't care about those silly comments people who don't know you make [Wink]
 
Posted by TMBWITW,PB (Member # 1734) on January 16, 2007, 14:35:
 
quote:
Originally posted by maximile:
PB, I think it's cause you come up near the top of a Google image search for "geek girl". Which, IMO, is pretty cool.

Really? OMG, that is cool!

I know not to take it personally when people make rude comments online, but for some reason this time it really hit me. After translating a couple of the foreign forums that were using it (crazy, it was on sites in French, German, and some Nordic? language I didn't recognize) there were more people who thought that the joke on my shirt was funny.
 
Posted by HalfVast (Member # 3187) on January 16, 2007, 14:43:
 
quote:
PB, I think it's cause you come up near the top of a Google image search for "geek girl". Which, IMO, is pretty cool.
Anybody else notice Mel down on the second row?
 
Posted by Metasquares (Member # 4441) on January 16, 2007, 17:33:
 
quote:
Originally posted by TMBWITW,PB:
I just googled my GC nick. Apparantly I'm some guy in England's girlfriend. [Eek!]

http://www.talklfc.com/forums/index.php?s=e5a3d8fd9765c067f46af263641c136d&showtopic=3670&st=15&p=620771&#entry620771

Edit:

And it looks like my picture here was used as an example of geek girls.

http://www.kirupa.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-196566.html (toward the bottom in a post by eurosickwitit)

It is really hard to read their writing, so I'm not sure if that one is complimentary or not. :/

After looking through a few more pages, it seems like my GC picture is being used all over the place as an example of a fat, ugly, nerd girl. [weep] [Frown]

You're neither fat nor ugly, and I assume you take nerd as a compliment [Smile]
 
Posted by Cap'n Vic (Member # 1477) on January 16, 2007, 18:44:
 
I think Peebs is hot too!

 -

I hope these flowers cheer you up Peebs. The Daisy is the geek of the flower world IMNSHO.
 
Posted by TMBWITW,PB (Member # 1734) on January 16, 2007, 18:48:
 
Awww. You're too sweet, Cap'n Vic. [hearts]
 
Posted by Colonel Panic (Member # 1200) on January 16, 2007, 18:56:
 
quote:
Originally posted by TMBWITW,PB:
I just googled my GC nick. Apparantly I'm some guy in England's girlfriend. [Eek!]

Oh great, now I live in England.

[Wink]

CP
 
Posted by iWanToUseaMac (Member # 4993) on January 16, 2007, 18:57:
 
Hi again!
I also searched with my generic nickname (juanchito2006) and there are IRC archives of Ubuntu and formums from Opera, Google Answers, and Mathlinks, all from me.
You can see how many problems I had with Ubuntu. [Razz]
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on January 16, 2007, 19:06:
 
Peebs, it seems to me that the closest those guys get to getting laid is changing up their hands once in a while. You have a husband and kid who adore you, and you're not fat and ugly. So ignore their moronic asses and keep on geekin'.
 
Posted by csk (Member # 1941) on January 17, 2007, 00:38:
 
quote:
Originally posted by TMBWITW,PB:

After looking through a few more pages, it seems like my GC picture is being used all over the place as an example of a fat, ugly, nerd girl. [weep] [Frown]

This would be where I come in and say that to me, you've always been the most physically attractive girl on GC. Bar none. [blush]

Hmm, maybe that should have been in the Confession Booth...
 
Posted by supaboy (Member # 183) on January 17, 2007, 06:07:
 
If you Google my username here, there are lots of people who're not me, but I show up in the first couple pages.

If you Google my Slashdot ID (Single GNU Theory), you get four pages of me. That was fun, because I didn't remember getting two articles onto Slashdot's front page, and I made a list of someone's favorite Slashdot signatures. w00t! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Sxeptomaniac (Member # 3698) on January 17, 2007, 08:13:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Peebs, it seems to me that the closest those guys get to getting laid is changing up their hands once in a while. You have a husband and kid who adore you, and you're not fat and ugly. So ignore their moronic asses and keep on geekin'.

Don't be so hard on them Xanthine, they're clearly visually impaired. [Wink]
 
Posted by Demosthenes (Member # 530) on January 17, 2007, 08:37:
 
According to my real-person name, I'm a Chinese ophthalmologist.

The search results for my handle should be obvious:
 -

[Big Grin]
 
Posted by Spiderman (Member # 1609) on January 17, 2007, 09:38:
 
My name with quotes brings back about 300 results. They're all definitely me since I'm the *only* person with my name.

Mostly mailing list posts...yay me. [Razz]
 
Posted by Ugh, MightyClub (Member # 3112) on January 17, 2007, 10:43:
 
quote:
Originally posted by TMBWITW,PB:
After looking through a few more pages, it seems like my GC picture is being used all over the place as an example of a fat, ugly, nerd girl. [weep] [Frown]

At risk of crossing the fine line into vulgarity (not to mention flogging a dead horse), I think there are plenty of guys around here who could show physical evidence* that indicates the contrary. I for one have thought you're pretty hot since I first saw your photo.

OK, I'm going to shut up now.

*You pervs! Elevated heartbeat and dilated pupils are physical, no?
 
Posted by fs (Member # 1181) on January 17, 2007, 16:06:
 
There are 0 hits for my name in quotes. Same if I include the middle name or put it last, first.

There is one with my middle initial from a news site.

However if you look for firesnake...
 
Posted by never_ask_why333 (Member # 6340) on January 18, 2007, 05:32:
 
Whenever I type in my name, it comes up with no pages or a 'did you mean_____' message.

However, my nickname is a town in Russia [crazy]
 
Posted by Black Widow (Member # 3046) on January 18, 2007, 06:11:
 
quote:
Originally posted by never_ask_why333:
Whenever I type in my name, it comes up with no pages or a 'did you mean_____' message.

However, my nickname is a town in Russia [crazy]

There's a town in Russia called never_ask_why333? [crazy] [Razz]
 
Posted by freja42 (Member # 6685) on January 18, 2007, 06:11:
 
quote:
Originally posted by TMBWITW,PB:
And it looks like my picture here was used as an example of geek girls.

http://www.kirupa.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-196566.html (toward the bottom in a post by eurosickwitit)

It is really hard to read their writing, so I'm not sure if that one is complimentary or not. :/

After looking through a few more pages, it seems like my GC picture is being used all over the place as an example of a fat, ugly, nerd girl. [weep] [Frown] [/QB]

Are you sure they weren't using my picture? [Wink]
No, sorry. If it's true, they're complete bastards. You are NOT a fat or ugly. You look incredibly cute in your photo. Nerd girl however is debatable but that's a GOOD thing! [Smile]
*sends hugs*
 
Posted by freja42 (Member # 6685) on January 18, 2007, 06:20:
 
I have an ego that needs feeding, so yeah, I've googled myself a number of times. [Wink]
Both my real name and another nickname come up but it's nothing that's really important or of use to me. [Wink]
It's mostly fandom stuff anyway...and who the hell cares if you're known in fandoms?? I mean, everybody can be famous in fandoms. For knitting Spock or writing fanfic about Harry Potter/Snape. [Wink]
 
Posted by never_ask_why333 (Member # 6340) on January 18, 2007, 09:26:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Black Widow:
quote:
Originally posted by never_ask_why333:
Whenever I type in my name, it comes up with no pages or a 'did you mean_____' message.

However, my nickname is a town in Russia [crazy]

There's a town in Russia called never_ask_why333? [crazy] [Razz]
Of course! Haven't you heard? Its right next to LaLa Land!

But no, I'm just not posting my name because this is a public site, with stalker potential. And considering that I am the only one, apparently, with my name.....well I'm sure you can see where I am going with this.
 
Posted by TMBWITW,PB (Member # 1734) on January 18, 2007, 10:22:
 
Thanks everyone for the efforts to make me feel better, but as soon as I found out that my picture was at the top of the hits for "geek girl" that completely took the sting out of it. If it was that quick and easy to find with a google search then I know it wasn't personal at all. I guess the only way I could think of people finding it before was coming to the forums, reading my posts, finding my picture, and then making fun of me. But if they find it with two seconds of looking and know nothing about me, then it was just a cheap joke that didn't really mean anything.

However, it is really neat to find out that some of you think I'm hot. [Big Grin]

Incidentally, if I search for my real name in quotes, I am apparantly a famous singer. [thumbsup]
 
Posted by Sxeptomaniac (Member # 3698) on January 18, 2007, 10:43:
 
quote:
Originally posted by never_ask_why333:
But no, I'm just not posting my name because this is a public site, with stalker potential. And considering that I am the only one, apparently, with my name.....well I'm sure you can see where I am going with this.

Stalking is more fun when you make it a challenge, anyway. [evil]
 
Posted by shriver (Member # 3556) on January 18, 2007, 10:51:
 
Every time I read the title of this thread, I want to coin the word "web-lebrity"

Does that make me sick?
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on January 18, 2007, 12:20:
 
quote:
Originally posted by shriver:
Every time I read the title of this thread, I want to coin the word "web-lebrity"

Does that make me sick?

Dunno about you, but it makes me sick.
 


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