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Why do it yourself, when a computer can do it for you?

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on January 9, 2006

After all, anything can be automated.

Even something as self-centred as egosurfing. Yes, you can now “Know Your Place”, as egosurf.org’s tagline so neatly puts it, at just the click of a button. No more typing your name into Google or Yahoo!, or even MSN, del.icio.us or Technorati.

Fill in your name, some appropriate URLs, and you can quickly see just what the web thinks (or doesn’t think) of you.

Ever the happy guinea pig, I tried it out.

Apparently my egopoints (whatever meaningless number they are) are:

engine ranking ego points
google.com 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th 7899
yahoo.com 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 9th 8298
msn.com 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 2692
del.icio.us 2nd, 3rd, and 6th 2362
technorati.com 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th 7599

A nifty tool, and quite fun watching it pop up the results – the whole thing is a fairly decent piece of AJAX code.

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  1. andrewducker said,

    A mere 3911 points on Google. Clearly I must track down the other Andrew Ducker’s and destroy them all!

  2. etriganuk said,

    It’s slightly odd. It thinks I’m sixth on Google when I’m fourth, or third if you surround me in quotes.

  3. nerdware said,

    Anything you can specify can be automated. Unfortunately, there are things we’d like a machine to do that we can’t specify. (Never mind the things that only interest pure mathematicians, like proving theorems. Consider the problem of enumerating all real numbers. Even a Turing machine can’t do that.)

    E.g. give a formal specification for spam…turn it into code and prove it correct…solve the halting problem.

  4. sbisson said,

    Perhaps I should have put the smiley in after all…

  5. palatinate said,

    Sadly I only *total* 869 … am I a non-entity or what? (and only 47th on Google). Or maybe I just need to change my name to Homer P. Duckpuddle…

  6. vampwillow said,

    definitely interesting …
    google.com 1st, 2nd, 6th, 6th, 7th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th 9047
    yahoo.com 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 14th, 15th, 15th, and 20th, and 20th 6783
    msn.com 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th, and 9th 5425

    although it would be difficult to give a full list of my valid target domains …

    might play more later ;-P

  7. nerdware said,

    Perhaps. 😉

  8. dougs said,

    google.com15th, and 29th1969
    yahoo.com6th, 14th, and 31st1778
    msn.com8th, and 10th1311
    del.icio.usnowhere0
    technorati.comnowhere0

    Some work there to be done, I think. I could put more pages into the “your blog and stuff” fields.

  9. mdlbear said,

    8631 on google using “stephen savitzky, steve savitzky” looking for links to “thestarport.com, thestarport.org, places.to, mdlbear.livejournal.com, livejournal.com/~mdlbear”. Doesn’t appear to have looked anyplace else.

  10. hunkymouse said,

    Well, I tried it, and discovered it really does make a difference how many sites you list. If I list just NewsWireless.net I get a modest 6,000 odd. Stuff in all the things I write for, and it gets hotter, with the graphical tachometer showing redline in a couple of places!

    http://www.kewney.co.uk/pix/egosurf/ego.jpg shows the ghastly ‘truth’ about someone’s ego. Who is this Guy Kewney anyway…

  11. a_cubed said,

    I’m not particularly impressed. If I put my name (andrew adams, no quotes or anything) into Google, my web page at work is the first hit that comes up, but egosurf.com gives google.com a “zero score” for my name and various synonyms for my home page.

  12. a_cubed said,

    Did you hear the BBC 7 show The Spaceship last year? It had a clone character Clive 55 who eventually justified being just called “Clive”.


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