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Have you ever?

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Parapraxis
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Re: Have you ever?

#21 Post by Parapraxis » November 25th, 2008, 11:37 pm

Latest post of the previous page:

I have Googled my own name, and could be anyone of the following

- A homophobic Australian MP (oh the irony)
- An estate agent (an unenviable job in the current economic climate)
- A professor at the University of York

OR

With a slight misspelling of my name, a very famous British author.
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Lord Muck oGentry
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#22 Post by Lord Muck oGentry » November 26th, 2008, 12:42 am

On Google, I appear to have been mistaken for a Count Noun. :angry:
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Paolo
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#23 Post by Paolo » November 26th, 2008, 8:27 am

I am pleased to say that having just checked my name on Google (52,400 hits for Paolo Viscardi) I get the top slot (although the information contained therein is totally out of date and in fact just plain wrong since it's a bio written about me by someone else). The next hit is an Italian rock musician and then it's me for a few before returning to my Italian namesake.

Oddly, my most active presence (, for which I am an administrator) is halfway down the page.

I was entertained to see a Christmas silly-season back-of-the-envelope calculation come back to haunt me at the bottom of the page: [url]http://christmas.howstuffworks.com/santas-sleigh2.htm
, how I shudder!

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#24 Post by Gottard » November 26th, 2008, 11:47 am

My name listing in Google (Elio PENNISI) is mostly correct. I wonder if you know that the first page/s, having typed your name, covers recent entries but you have the choice (see bottom of page) to retrieve older entries as well. I was surprised to read my old consultant work (10 years back) for the European Commission.
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dklog
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#25 Post by dklog » November 27th, 2008, 11:22 am

Google gives as a result one of the most popular Polish priests, when my name is input. Now this is quite ironic

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#26 Post by MedMae » November 27th, 2008, 12:59 pm

I get links to stories by Howard Pyle. Howard is my surname and he liked using my first name as a name for some of his characters. The main one which comes up is Men of Iron, though there is also the adventures of Ronin Hood.
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#27 Post by Maria Mac » November 27th, 2008, 1:29 pm

Alan C. wrote:Would that be a MacLachlan? Or a Henness?
No matter, I don't think it's sad at all.
Just be careful it's not some big hairy "bush tucka fella" with an ulterior motive :wink:
She's Maclachlan (she doesn't appear to use the capital L for Lachlan) and she's the lovely lady on the left in this pic. She got the name from her Scots/English stepfather.
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Now that we're friends it's really weird to keep seeing 'Maria Maclachlan did this or that' on my facebook page.

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Alan C.
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#28 Post by Alan C. » November 27th, 2008, 1:44 pm

Maria
she's the lovely lady on the left in this pic
The big hairy "bush tucka fella" is on the right :smile:
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Alan H
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#29 Post by Alan H » November 27th, 2008, 2:11 pm

peneasy wrote:My name listing in Google (Elio PENNISI) is mostly correct. I wonder if you know that the first page/s, having typed your name, covers recent entries but you have the choice (see bottom of page) to retrieve older entries as well.
Eh? Can you explain that?
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There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
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#30 Post by Gottard » November 27th, 2008, 3:38 pm

Alan H,
just go on "advanced search" and type your name in the "exact phrase" line; alternatively, you may write your name in brackets, i.e. "name surname" which takes the same effect.
Click on "search" and get your page listing; if your entries cover several pages you get the following warning at the bottom of last page:

In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 11 already displayed.
If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included.
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#31 Post by Alan H » November 27th, 2008, 5:01 pm

As I understand it, Google omits pages from the same website that have virtually the same content, but this has nothing to do with age of entry.
Alan Henness

There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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#32 Post by Gottard » November 28th, 2008, 4:51 pm

As I understand it, Google omits pages from the same website that have virtually the same content, but this has nothing to do with age of entry.
It just expands the entries under the name "name surname". In the first search they omit old entries if there are any, of course.
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#33 Post by Alan H » November 28th, 2008, 5:50 pm

I still don't think that's right. Google says:
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Advanced Search Tips : Disappearing results - Web Search Help Center
http://www.google.com/support/bin/answe ... answer=499
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If you click on the next page of results and the rest of the results pages disappear, this is called collapsing. When we realize that some of the results for your query are duplicates, we collapse the duplicates so that you can find the specific result you're looking for more easily. Collapsing the duplicates makes the estimated number of results, as well as the overall number of results pages, appear to decrease from the total initially displayed.

To expand your results, just navigate to the last search results page. At the bottom of the page, click on the link that reads, "In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the [number] already displayed. If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included."

[Retrieved: Fri Nov 28 2008 17:46:04 GMT+0000 (GMT Standard Time)]

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This talks about duplicates, not older entries.
Alan Henness

There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

Gottard
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#34 Post by Gottard » November 29th, 2008, 4:00 pm

Correct Alan H,
as I said if your query gave just a few entries the page repeats the same entries + other entries whose query is close to your request.
As an example try to enter the term "Winston Churchil" in brackets; you will get 67 pages, at the end of last page you will read the following:

In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 656 already displayed. If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included.
The only thing I fear of death is regret if I couldn’t complete my learning experience

Gottard
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#35 Post by Gottard » November 29th, 2008, 4:15 pm

Alan H, addition to :pointlaugh:
In my case, as I expanded the search I was surprised to find an old document under my name which mentioned some work I did on behalf of the European Commission (to help small companies to expand in the E.U.).
As this entry (and some old others) did not appear in the first search I assumed that old docs. are kept in the "backstage" ....electronically speaking!
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