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  • I tried it but no joy.
    • Yeah, I'm a bit puzzled too. What's the magic here supposed to be?
      • Re:huh? (Score:3, Informative)

        It only works if Google has indexed your user pages. The stuff is really pretty irrelevant. All it does is redirect to +YOURUSERNAME (unless I'm missing something).
  • guess I'm just lucky (Score:3, Informative)

    by wickline (135) on 2002.02.03 13:07 (#4013) Journal
    I should have tried it with other usernames before posting, I guess.

    I've started getting spam on a couple of email addresses I'd used of perl-related postings, so I hopped over to google to see just how many places those addresses might appear on the web.

    My first query was wickline perl which included two hits... my 'fans' and 'friends' pages. The Google page summary grabbed my name and some surrounding text, then grabbed "download perl" from the page footer, along with the quote of the day... and the combination happened to be entertaining.

    So, I tweaked the query to pull up only those sorts hits. I used the word 'Download' instead of 'Perl' to have google include more of the quote of the day. I limited queries to, and only pages that had my username in the url and in the body of the page (without the body requirement, my name didn't show up in the page summaries).

    The results were
    entertaining [], and so I whipped up simple redirect so that nobody else would have to type the google query, and posted the story.

    Now that I'm reading folks' reactions, I can see that you have to be sufficiently like me in order for this to work. You have to have had your user page indexed by google, which means that you have to register and you have to have ether submited a story or a comment or had a recent journal article when google indexed (or have a link out there somewhere to your user page). You also have to be sufficiently invisible on so that there aren't a bunch of folks refering to your username and giving less entertaining hits. You probably also get less entertaining hits if you use your username in your own comments, as they will then show up as well. And for maximal entertainment value, you have to have no friends, no fans, and get lucky enough to get one of the quotes that fit google's context window.

    basically, it turns out that most folks won't get as entertaining a set of results as I did. Many folks will get zero hits from google, and other folks will get hits that just ain't funny.

    For what it's worth, here's some of the more or less interesting hits:



    autarch is all alone in the world. I don't know if it's what you want, but it's what
    you get. :-) -Larry Wall

    autarch's Journal (914). ... d be really neat to somehow make respect this

    Fans of darobin. ... one) is to take over the world like English did. Er, *as* English
    did... --Larry Wall

    darobin has posted 24 comments. ... nroff,
    that would be more challenging... --Larry Wall

    gnat's Journal (29). ... to take over the world like English did. Er, *as* English did...
    --Larry Wall

    Herkemer's Journal (20). ... That's gonna be tough for Randal to beat... :-Larry Wall

    Friends of Herkemer. ... grows in the programmer's head. This programmer cannot be fired.
    --Mark-Jason Dominus

    Herkemer is either loved by all or just invisible. ... didn't want to know anyway...
    :-Larry Wall

    YAPC::Europe attendees ... should be
    simple and complex things should be possible. --Alan Kay

    koschei's Journal (147). ... allows people to register for use of the server, clans, and
    download any required patches and maps. It also has

    • Works for me also...
      jonnosan is all alone in the world. ... be tough for Randal to beat... :-Larry Wall
      jonnosan has posted 2 comments. ... demonstrated, but I have this sinking feeling of just who would have to fix them :-) -- Jarkko Hietaniemi
      jonnosan has submitted 0 stories. Of course, this is a heuristic, which is a fancy way of saying that it doesn't work. --Mark-Jason Dominus
    • Blimey. Didn't know my journal was so feature packed.
        ---ict / Spoon
    • I got a couple of ones I found humorous...but then again, I laugh at Rotten News, too. :\

      ... chaoticset has posted 59 comments. Below find the most recent 24 comments ... a misleading feature :-) --Larry Wall in <2609@jato.Jpl.Nasa.Gov>


      You are what you think.
  • Hmmm, I get ...

    MeerCat is all alone in the world. ... I would call it a work-around. Please show us what
    a fix looks like, then

    It's just like being an adolescent again....