Egogooglebombing Simon Pegg

by Suw on September 28, 2004

Looking for a transcription of Shaun of the Dead last night, I discovered that I rank #2 for a Google search on the term 'shaun of the dead transcription', although somewhat mistakenly Google links to one of my old Lawrence Lessig posts which has the word 'transcription' in it.
This set me wondering, so I searched for 'Simon Pegg' and 'Shaun of the Dead' and discovered that (unsurprisingly) I don't come up anywhere in the top 10 pages, despite repeated mentions here of both Simon Pegg and Shaun of the Dead and Google's alleged love of blogs. My train of thought and a discussion with Kevin Marks, who always gets me in trouble, resulted in the thought of egogooglebombing – googlebombing on someone else's name so that if they ever go egosurfing they'll find the googlebomb post. In this example, the aim would be to get CnV to rank unfeasibly high in Google for the search term 'Simon Pegg'.
Of course, this is purely hypothetical – just conjecture really. I'd never stoop to the level of attempting to googlebomb Simon Pegg because that would be sad and make me look like a strange stalkerperson. No, this is just a discussion of the concept of egogooglebombing Simon Pegg and not an actual attempt to do so.
Where's the door?

Anonymous September 28, 2004 at 1:21 pm

OK, you're scaring me now.

Anonymous September 28, 2004 at 1:24 pm

When I described myself on Strange Attractor as a 'serial obsessive' I meant it. It's just that having a blog allows me to express my obsession publicly. When it's digital rights or scriptwriting I'm obsessing about, of course, no one notices. It's only when it's a film or a person that it gets scary. But I give this a few more weeks before I move on to something else and Mr Pegg is forgotten, like a used hankie.

Anonymous September 28, 2004 at 2:09 pm

Nothing like a good obsession. I must admit I'm susceptible to them myself. Just to help the process, here is the address for a very nice review by David Edlestein (which is rare) on Slate:

Anonymous September 28, 2004 at 6:45 pm

I dont live in london – have avery different kind of life of jam-making, ponies and kids in the wilds of scotland, but I love this blog. It's a taste of London life as I have heard about it from my cool arty friends. I dont worship london life at all – honest. But it's good to read about it written by someone fairly witty and not too up-themselves

Anonymous September 28, 2004 at 8:03 pm

Thank you! I'm glad you like my blog. 🙂

Anonymous October 7, 2004 at 2:04 am

Who's going to search for the phrase “shaun of the dead transcription”? I bet there are lots of searches for “shaun of the dead,” maybe a few for “shaun of the dead screenplay” or “shaun of the dead script,” but are you really getting tons of traffic for “shaun of the dead transcription”? My experience with similar searches says otherwise.

Anonymous October 7, 2004 at 9:13 am

I'm afraid you misunderstand me, Anonymous. If you read the post again, you'll see that I was the person looking for 'shaun of the dead transcription'. The phrases I was trying to hijack were 'simon pegg' and 'shaun of the dead'. I was doing reasonably well at one point, reaching page 7 of the 'simon pegg' Google search, but my ranking has unsurprisingly slipped again. Not that I actually care – it's just nice to have introduced a new word – egogooglebombing – into the Google lexicon.

Anonymous October 7, 2004 at 10:31 am

A reply to my own reply… the reason I'm not on page 7 of the Google search results is because I'm now, *cough* on page 1, in 4th place behind IMDb, BBC and a fan site. I'm also on page 1 for MSN and Yahoo.
*looks faintly embarrassed*
Thank fuck for the assumption that Simon Pegg's too busy to egosurf atm.

Anonymous October 9, 2004 at 4:22 am

What is a blog??

Anonymous October 9, 2004 at 8:14 am

Aaah, existentialism. Fun!!

Anonymous January 25, 2005 at 2:42 pm

I logged into your site when doing search on “Simon Pegg” – only because he was the year above me at school (Brockworth Comprehensive) – nice to know that not everyone who attended ended up working in MacDonalds! (not that I do either you understand).

Anonymous January 25, 2005 at 3:31 pm

Oooh! Come on, don't tease me like that! Spill the beans – what was he like? Tee hee.
And congratulations for not working at McDonalds. I salute everyone who avoids that unpleasant fate.

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