The Art Of The MonoGoogle
the interesting fact that Ken Layne is the world's most popular Ken, while he
is only the sixth most-popular Nick. (Results calculated by doing a single-word
Google search on "Ken" and "Nick".) In a later post, he uses the high Google
ranking of bloggers' names as an
for the likely efficacy of Google-bombing.
I had never thought of searching single words this way, at least
not common words like "Ken" and "Nick". (Worlds like "QuasiPundit" and
"PossumBlog" are another story.) It turns out to be a lot of fun, though
'monogoogling' (like 'googlewhacking') does sound like a euphemism for
self-abuse. Did you know:
- That Andrew
Sullivan is number one among Andrews and Sullivans? Take that,
Prince Andrew and Sir Arthur Sullivan! (Gilbert and Sullivan sites take first
and second among the Gilberts, while Gilbert and George don't even make the top
ten. I find that comforting.)
- That Mickey Kaus is
first among Kauses (no surprise there) and among Mickeys, beating out
Mickey Mouse (6) and Mickey Mantle (7, 8, and 10)?
- That Sgt. Stryker is
second among "Sgt."s (behind "Sgt. Mom's" and just ahead of "SGT, Inc." --
great acronym, guys), and second among Strykers?
- That Tim Blair is
third among Tims and Blairs? Particularly impressive when working with two such
- That the Instapundit is first among
Reynoldses, but only fifth among Glenns? (I wouldn't have thought there were so
many Glenns in the world.)
Kelly is the tenth most popular Michael (and third Kelly)?
is way down at number sixteen. Michael
Jordan's official website comes in second,
Michael Jackson's only eighth (and
falling, I would guess), three slots behind the other Michael Jackson, the one
they know as Beer Hunter. Michael
Moore (no link for him) is the first Michael and the second Moore.
Finally, if you're wondering, Dr. Weevil's weblog (no link,
you're already there) is only seventeenth (the archives) and thirty-fourth (the
blog) among "about 92,200" weevils. Most of the rest are entomological sites,
but there are a couple of (I think) different bands, and even two or three
weblogs rated higher than mine. I don't much mind
weevil at bossanova dot com
taking the second slot, but how can
The Ancestral Farm of the
come in at number 10 when it hasn't been updated since October? Get
it together, Google guys. Then there's the
Red Palm Weevil Home
page (# 7), in
English and Arabic, devoted to "the most dangerous and deadly pest of date,
coconut, oil, sago and other palms". It seems to be purely entomological, but
offers T-shirts, hats, and coffee cups with RPWs on them.
As for the "Dr.", I'm not even in the top 200, far behind Doctors
Dolittle, Dre, Koop, Laura, Strangelove, Suess, and Who -- not to mention a
bunch of practicing physicians.
Posted by Dr. Weevil at March 15, 2002 10:00 PM