If you Google me do I not bleed?

So Friday, when I responded to a friend I haven't seen for a while, a friend who, after guessing incorrectly on my email/domain format, spammed every possible combination of greg@, gregallen@, greg.org, greg.com, gregallen.com, gregallen.org, etc., I somewhat haughtily included a this URL in my coordinates: http://www.google.com/search?q=greg. Somewhat haughtily and somewhat hastily.

When I sent the email, I was at #5, but yesterday, when I showed off to a good friend, Haniel Lynn, I'd dropped below 20. (I'm back at #6 now, so I don't know what's going on.) What we do know: I'm superficial (i.e., I cared enough about a one-name Google ranking to show-and-tell people), and relying on Google for any sense of your own self-worth is dubious at best.

[update: Read Jeremy's discussion of how other first-name-search-obsessed people fared in Google's recent PageRank machinations. Misery loves company. (Thanks, Tyler.]

That's when Haniel showed me his own Google-induced folly. Somehow, the Wharton Usenet servers attached his name to someone else's lameass 1995 review of the 90's Manchester band, Stone Roses. (Haniel Lynn's graduate class of 95; the reviewer is an undergrad, class of '96.) Whenever he'd show up at a new client's office, or interview someone for a job, they'd try to work Stone Roses into the conversation. Or if they didn't, they'd quiz his colleagues after he left, impressed but confused at how an X'ed up groupie could find his way to McKinsey. All they really did, though, was blow the cover on their Googling.

My advice to Haniel: be on more panels, get quoted in articles more, and (obviously) get a weblog.

Since 2001 here at greg.org, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

Many thanks to the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Program for supporting greg.org that time.

comments? questions? tips? pitches? email
greg [at] greg [dot ] org

find me on twitter: @gregorg

post info

first published: May 25, 2003.

next older post:
A newer, easier Bloghdad.com

next newer post:
That Elephant in the room just won the Palme d'Or

recent projects, &c.

Our Guernica Cycle, 2017 –
about/kickstarter | exhibit, 2017

Social Medium:
artists writing, 2000-2015
Paper Monument, Oct. 2016
ed. by Jennifer Liese
buy, $28

Madoff Provenance Project in
'Tell Me What I Mean' at
To__Bridges__, The Bronx
11 Sept - Oct 23 2016
show | beginnings

Chop Shop
curated by Magda Sawon
1-7 March 2016

eBay Test Listings
Armory – ABMB 2015
about | proposte monocrome, rose

It Narratives, incl.
Shanzhai Gursky & Destroyed Richter
Franklin Street Works, Stamford
Sept 5 - Nov 9, 2014
about | link

TheRealHennessy Tweets Paintings, 2014 -

Standard Operating Procedure
about | buy now, 284pp, $15.99

CZRPYR2: The Illustrated Appendix
Canal Zone Richard Prince
YES RASTA 2:The Appeals Court
Decision, plus the Court's
Complete Illustrated Appendix (2013)
about | buy now, 142pp, $12.99

"Exhibition Space" @ apexart, NYC
Mar 20 - May 8, 2013
about, brochure | installation shots

HELP/LESS Curated by Chris Habib
Printed Matter, NYC
Summer 2012
panel &c.

Destroyed Richter Paintings, 2012-
background | making of
"Richteriana," Postmasters Gallery, NYC

Canal Zone Richard
Selected Court Documents
from Cariou v. Prince (2011)
about | buy now, 376pp, $17.99