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Who’s Googling Who?

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Millions have their asses googled daily:

    Savvy Web users are using Google.com and other powerful Web search tools to track down or keep tabs on long-lost acquaintances — be they former lovers, classmates, friends or enemies.

    These searches, which once might have required hiring a private detective, have become increasingly easy as the amount of data available on the Web grows. Sites like AltaVista.com, which indexed about 20 million Web pages when it was founded in the mid-1990s, now has information on billions of pages.

    “If you think of the needle in the haystack analogy, that haystack has gotten a lot larger,” said Danny Sullivan, editor of SearchEngineWatch.com.

    Remaining relevant

    Google’s ability to return relevant information has made it the first stop for many searchers checking up on people from their past from a comfortable distance.

    “This horrible guy I was dating at work (in New York) turned out to be a stalker and a freak,” said Lynne, a newspaper editor in Washington, D.C., who asked that her last name not be used. “I heard from a friend that he had left New York and moved somewhere else, so I was all freaked out, like, what if he’s following me?

    “In paranoia, I Googled him,” she said.

    Lynne determined that the man was living in Chicago, after finding a link to a local newspaper there that quoted him in an article.

    “The funny thing was his quote, which basically said ‘I don’t like women who are smarter than me,”‘ Lynne said. “So at least I know now why we didn’t hit it off.” [Reters]

I tried a Google search yesterday for old pal Gary Smith, who is now Natalie Merchant’s manager, but the plethora of “Gary Smiths” and the apparent fact that he doesn’t have a business website thwarted me – no contact info yet on Merchant’s site yet either. Oh well.

And speaking of vanity searches, when I first started my Tres Producers blog, it was a rush to see how many links I had received – I found the best way to go about it was to search under “Eric Olsen, blogspot” because we were on blogspot at the time so it was in our URL. This filtered out all of those other “Eric Olsens.” I am proud to say I am the first six “Eric Olsens” that come up on a Google search now – rock on.

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About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: Twitter@amhaunted, Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.
  • The Theory

    haha. i went to ask.com yesterday and did an “ask” on your name using “Eric Olsen” and Music as my key words… only one page of hits came up, though.


  • Eric Olsen

    That’s why Google rules.

  • The Theory

    ask.com usually brings up more relevant results, though…

    i hate sifting throught all of google’s 2 million results for the 4 or 5 results that actually matter.


  • Kevin Wolfhard

    You know, I never use Yahoo anymore because of Google. But, I’ve got to admit, I also like using kartOO, simply for the fun factor of watching the searched item expand into the idea web.

  • I’ve noticed that authors of books also Google themselves to see what people are saying about their work. I’ve gotten a couple of emails from people whose work I mentioned on my blog, and I can only think they must have found it by Googling.

  • I google friends all the time. But it works best if you had an additional identifier, more than just the name. Like, maybe the city you think they might be in. Or some major interest they might be associated with.

    I was friends with aguy who moved to LA to become an actor. I googled him when I came down here, and he finally turned up in a production. I went to go see his show. Naturally, he saw me in the audience. He was so start-struck with himself, that he had a fan who had gone to so much effort to find him.

    I hated to break it to him that, while I enjoyed his acting, I was a FRIEND not a FAN. And that it wasn’t really effort either.

    But…I decided to leave him to his delusions.

    The techno-illiterate have enough problems, i thought I should leave him what shreds of dignity he had left.