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(Salon)   Man becomes obsessed with becoming the #1 Thomas Rogers in the world on Google   (salon.com) divider line 40
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2012-06-25 11:21:56 AM  
I am the only person in the world with my name. Nothing I do in RL is anonymous. Nothing dammit.
 
2012-06-25 11:53:38 AM  
There was a time (around 2000) when if you did a Google search for my real
name every item that came up was about me directly. But, interestingly, 90% of
those hits were from people who reposted the FAQ for an old Usenet newsgroup
that I contributed to. That taught me quite a lot about the nature of information
on the Internet.

Of course, if you do a search for my Fark handle, I'm pretty sure every result will
either be a Fark post, or the exploits of the Living Greyhawk character, so I've
got that going for me.
 
2012-06-25 01:16:39 PM  

quickdraw: I am the only person in the world with my name. Nothing I do in RL is anonymous. Nothing dammit.


Yeah. This guy should revel in the anonymity of a common name.

I once asked directory assistance for John Anderson's phone number. Pause. "You have GOT to be kidding."
 
2012-06-25 01:16:56 PM  
I have the same name as a movie director. I'm safely behind that mass of intrawebs spam.

Now, my typical internet handle (my fark handle is only half of it), that's pretty much all 15k+ hits of me.
 
2012-06-25 01:18:10 PM  

quickdraw: I am the only person in the world with my name. Nothing I do in RL is anonymous. Nothing dammit.


Mine is the only one in America. I'm covered by a handful of other Prussians, though, if the Terminator comes... which would be tragically comical, based on our ethnic history. It was very easy for me to become #1 on Google.
 
2012-06-25 01:19:04 PM  
Here, let's help him with a little google bombing, shall we?

Thomas Rogers is a douchebag.

http://www.google.com/search?q=+Thomas+Rogers+is+a+douchebag

http://www.salon.com/writer/thomas_rogers/
 
2012-06-25 01:20:16 PM  

FTGodWin: Here, let's help him with a little google bombing, shall we?

Thomas Rogers is a douchebag.

http://www.google.com/search?q=+Thomas+Rogers+is+a+douchebag

http://www.salon.com/writer/thomas_rogers/


I heard Thomas Rogers likes Santorum too.
 
2012-06-25 01:20:40 PM  
 
2012-06-25 01:24:44 PM  
i.ytimg.com

/Challenge accepted!
 
2012-06-25 01:24:48 PM  
I am HUGE on Google Mars
 
2012-06-25 01:27:32 PM  
I wonder what the man's name is.

tr;dr
 
2012-06-25 01:34:46 PM  
Its gonna be tough, I am acquainted with the Massachusetts Rogers, they are worth roughly a billion, although the Canadian Rogers are far wealthier still. Then there is the manufacturer of RF circuit boards in Arizona. . .
 
2012-06-25 01:34:58 PM  
Meh, being the number one of anything on Google is jejeune. Now, if you really want the level of celebrity where you literally have to beat the chicks back with a baseball bat, go out and do what I did -- buy the title to one of the stars in the universe, like I did.
 
2012-06-25 01:39:45 PM  
My name is not the most common in the world, but there are still others. Mostly you get "The Negro Census of Texas, 1876" and "The Negro Census of Mississippi, 1843" etc looking for me.
 
2012-06-25 01:53:10 PM  
He could make a video called "Thomas Rogers Blackpool"

/just trying to help
 
2012-06-25 01:54:21 PM  
Coincidentally, I have the #1 John Thomas in the world.
 
2012-06-25 02:00:30 PM  
Someone with my name is a children's pastor in Chicago. I'm an atheist. I'm trying to figure out how to use this information to bring up interesting search results for people looking for information about him.
 
2012-06-25 02:05:15 PM  
farm8.staticflickr.com

Is this the same Thomas Rogers thats on the California's sex offenders list?
 
2012-06-25 02:09:40 PM  

Posh Naranek: My name is not the most common in the world, but there are still others. Mostly you get "The Negro Census of Texas, 1876" and "The Negro Census of Mississippi, 1843" etc looking for me.


Willie Freeman?
 
2012-06-25 02:17:36 PM  
Hey, whatever makes him Jolly.
 
2012-06-25 02:18:30 PM  

wippit: I have the same name as a movie director. I'm safely behind that mass of intrawebs spam.

Now, my typical internet handle (my fark handle is only half of it), that's pretty much all 15k+ hits of me.


it's only 2k.
 
2012-06-25 02:22:24 PM  

quickdraw: I am the only person in the world with my name. Nothing I do in RL is anonymous. Nothing dammit.


I am also the only person on earth with my name (thanks to my dad being a pakistani immigrant who wanted to Americanize - resulting in an unheard-of paki-American name combo).

It's not cool. Type in my name and you have a detailed internet history of my last 7-10 years at your fingertips, including every damn comment or product review ever.

I use an "interweb nick name" for a lot of things, but the search of my actual name also cross-references to the nickname - making the nickname really no help.
 
2012-06-25 03:03:17 PM  
From TFA:

"It's the strangest thing," she IM-ed me, unnerved. "I Google-ed him and literally nothing came up. Suspicious, right? I mean, how does that even happen?"

Yes, dear, it does. I can be found but not just by my name. A few more keywords and I am all over the place. All from years ago when I was more involved with other interests. Music, if you want to know.

If you won't date me because I am not on google I don't want to date you.
 
2012-06-25 03:07:45 PM  
Typical Farker
 
2012-06-25 03:21:47 PM  

saturn badger: From TFA:

"It's the strangest thing," she IM-ed me, unnerved. "I Google-ed him and literally nothing came up. Suspicious, right? I mean, how does that even happen?"

Yes, dear, it does. I can be found but not just by my name. A few more keywords and I am all over the place. All from years ago when I was more involved with other interests. Music, if you want to know.

If you won't date me because I am not on google I don't want to date you.


This times a billion.
 
2012-06-25 03:25:34 PM  
Meh...i'm still number 9

/need to do something with my website
 
2012-06-25 03:28:19 PM  
lutz...and # 11 (google plus)

/For quite a while I was # 1
//yeah me!
 
2012-06-25 03:35:27 PM  
how do you find your "rank"? or are you just guessing?
 
2012-06-25 03:42:01 PM  

Fano: Posh Naranek: My name is not the most common in the world, but there are still others. Mostly you get "The Negro Census of Texas, 1876" and "The Negro Census of Mississippi, 1843" etc looking for me.

Willie Freeman?


Quentin Collardgreens. Or maybe I'm Fletcher Friedfish.
 
2012-06-25 03:43:24 PM  

kbokc: how do you find your "rank"? or are you just guessing?


errr..Type your name in the search bar. Press "Enter". Count.
 
2012-06-25 04:19:27 PM  

MAYORBOB: Meh, being the number one of anything on Google is jejeune. Now, if you really want the level of celebrity where you literally have to beat the chicks back with a baseball bat, go out and do what I did -- buy the title to one of the stars in the universe, like I did.


what i got is tough to beat. a white baseball cap with "I'm #1" in red, white and blue stitched on front. they look, they know. they want. it's like a license to sex.
 
2012-06-25 04:54:37 PM  
Sounds like he's full of #2.
 
2012-06-25 05:46:15 PM  
My name's rare enough that I'm still #1 on Google, but there's a trucker with the same name at #6. I wish him all the best in replacing me. I've never enjoyed being easily found.
 
2012-06-25 05:56:24 PM  
I'll never be the number one Brantgoose in the world.

Curse you, John Audibon!

As for my name, I thought it was probably unique but it turns out there are several guys with the same first and last name. Fortunately, I have lots of middle names.
 
2012-06-25 06:18:07 PM  
there's only one person in town with my same name. poor dear, all my exes call her when they get drunk and "just want to talk."

/unlisted number because of that very reason.
 
2012-06-25 06:27:56 PM  
My name's most common in the UK, less so in Canada and Australia, but uncommon here in the US. I opted to work in technology, which meant I showed up in search results a lot earlier and a lot more than most people with my name, but in the last few years, they've started showing up, and my work has shifted away from IT. I've also started reducing the incidence of my name online.

I'm still the #1, #3 and #4 results for my name on Google, but #3 is a dead link to an old social network that doesn't handle deleted accounts in a way Google understands, and #1 and #4 are jobs in different fields and different countries, to add to the confusion. #2 is a LinkedIn list of people with my name, but my profile on there isn't publicly visible.

Happy to let the brain surgeon, rugby player and whoever else take over the results.
 
2012-06-25 06:31:03 PM  
OCD is a biatch.
 
2012-06-25 06:43:06 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-25 11:32:58 PM  
Big whoop, another one in the world here, hurrah my drunken rants from ten years ago show up on page 5.

Better yet, only around 300 people in the world with my last name, try remaining anonymous with that Mr. Rogers.
 
2012-06-26 01:53:28 AM  
When I first saw the headline I thought "Thomas Rogers" was Cockney rhyming slang for something and spent a good thirty seconds trying to figure out what it might mean.
 
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