Every several months or so, I type my name in a couple of variations into google.
Why? Well, the first time I did it was after my natural father had found me via the internet. I wanted to see just how easy it was to find me. I wasn't trying to be hidden, or to be visible... I was just curious. So, I typed in a handful of variations of my name in a few search engines. This was in the pre-google days, and the altavista advanced search was my favored search engine (back when altavista wasn't just another web portal).
Every several months it occurs to me to repeat the excersize. I don't really have any good reason for it. I'm not looking to see if I've been keeping a low enough profile to be unobserved and I'm not looking to see if I'm famous. I'm just wasting time basically. People do that at times, ya know? I don't try all the search engines anymore, just google....but I still try a few variations of my name. I've found that there are a few folks with my first and last name who are somewhat famous. I'm not one of them. There are also a few less famous folks with my name. I've had email from three strangers asking if I was their long lost relative or high school classmate. I'm not.
Today I googled for 'wickline'. It's my last name, and I'd expected to see oodles of strangers and an occasional relative. I did *not* expect to see something of mine in the #3 spot!...but that's what I found!
As I type this, http://google.com/search?q=wickline has as the third hit http://wickline.org/yapc/maps.html
Given the way google's page-rank system works, I'm interpreting that result to indicate that this year's YAPC was more important than just about anything wickline-related. YAPC beats out every wickline in the world but two!
Bravo! Way to go YAPC!:)
On google images, there's a couple of nude women. I think you can search for just about anything and find porn.
On google groups, strangers and relatives.
On google directory we find that use.perl.org is more important than any wickline entry in dmoz.org (source data for google directory). My name just happened to be on use.perl.org (because of that yapc post) on the day it was last indexed by google, so as I type this, the u.p.o page comes up on a search for wickline... and because u.p.o is better ranked than any wickline-related page, it comes up first.
And if wasting time at google wasn't enough, I'm now wasting time here talking about my waste of time.
What a waste of time.:) I think I need to get some sleep...