My last name is actually a fairly common one, as is my first name. Nevertheless, I’m always curious to see if I’ll show up somewhere on Google. Only recently, the only way I could bring myself up was “Tom McNamara” “PC Gamer,” which only returned my little Geoshitties page, http://www.geocities.com/stonedonkies. All other results were some other “Tom McNamara.” But last night, I Googled just my name, and there was my Geoshitties page at #7. :shock:
I was under the impression that Google worked by reverse linkage. The more sites that linked to your page, the higher up it would be in the results listings. I can’t imagine how this happened. Is it just a burp of some kind? It gets like a handful of hits a week, too.
Like John Malkovich, Bobby Fischer and Ernest Hemingway, my name is part of a film title, so that always comes up first if I Google myself. I haven’t seen it yet, despite such quotes as, “In his latest film, Albert Woo achieves a mythical status - becoming a signifier for the contemporary Asian man,” and “As we hear how contemporary men define themselves, the enigma of Albert Woo begins to break down.” The last thing I want to know is how I break down. :)
Hm, the majority of exact-phrase google matches for my name (“Laurence Brothers”) are in fact references to me one way or another with a few silly exceptions, like those various brothers who are named Laurence, some motocross racer, and a few random others, but then my name is somewhat less common than you’d think.
(pause to wait for obligatory Tom Chick praise of my name :roll: )