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Friday 12/10/04

What's your Google Suggest number? That is, how many letters of your name do you have to type into Google Suggest before your name appears on the suggestion list, and at what position does it first appear? (If your name is the only thing on the list, you get position zero as a bonus.) Write the results as "8.4" (you have to type 8 letters, and your name appears first at position #4). The example number happens to be mine -- my name comes up at #4 when you get to "jerry kin." Add an asterisk if your name comes up in the list before you've started typing your last name. Jason Kottke has a 7.3; Matt Haughey of MetaFilter has a 7.1. The CTO of the company I work for has an pretty incredible 5.0* -- try typing "adarb." George W. Bush, though, has a 2.2, or a 2.1 if you don't require his middle initial, while his 2004 challenger John Kerry has only a 3.2 -- no wonder he lost!

Update: Matt Carter suggests appending a third digit indicating your rank on the Google results page when you search for your name. Good idea, it can only add to the parlor fun. That'd make me 8.4.1.
Also, just as a clarification -- no, you don't have to count the space between your first and last name, or for that matter, any punctuation in your name (e.g. apostrophes). That'd just be cruel, and is why I specifically stated "letters." The space is taken into account by the asterisk, which you can use only if you don't have to provide part of your last name.

Re: Google Suggest number

There are 99 messages in this thread, displayed in the order they were posted.

Matt Deatherage 12/10/2004 5:20:53 PM Pacific

8.10, which is not bad for such a common first name.
Cat 12/10/2004 8:08:49 PM Pacific
5.0 using "frykitty", which is good enough fer me.
Michael Hanscom 12/10/2004 8:29:55 PM Pacific
13.3 — but then, there's a lot of Michaels more famous than I am out there.
Dan Hartung 12/11/2004 12:26:33 AM Pacific
7.7 isn't bad, considering I haven't had a blog for over a year. Lessee -- Saddam Hussein is at 3.3*, but Osama bin Laden is 2.2*. Maybe somebody else with a 2.2 ought to mention him more often. Yasser Arafat (3.0*) would probably do better if it weren't for Yahoo! (1.0*)

Prospects for 2008 look good for Hillary at 3.5*, less so for Rudy at 3.8*, and the VP is stuck at 3.10*.

Gollum is 4.0*, matching Frodo, Aragorn, while Gandalf is 4.4, and Boromir falls to 4.9. Gimli and Legolas are both at 4.5 -- friends forever.

mike whybark 12/11/2004 1:52:26 AM Pacific
Dean Esmay 12/11/2004 4:38:23 AM Pacific
My number is 6. Dean[space]e and I come right up.

Now what's interesting about that is that if you just do a regular Google search on "Dean" I come up #4, but I'm not even on Google Suggest's RADAR unless I add the "[space]e" to it. So I have to wonder if they aren't intentionally filering blogs.

Yoel Inbar 12/11/2004 8:30:40 AM Pacific

Really not fair, seeing as how my first name is a) short and b) pretty unusual.

Richard Anderson 12/11/2004 9:06:53 AM Pacific
9.3 Of course, that's just the start as it shows 9,840,000 results. In a shocker, I am currently 9 out of those millions. I do better with a 7.1 of "campmobile".
Richard Anderson 12/11/2004 9:09:04 AM Pacific
Wait, was I supposed to count the space? Make that 10.3.
Judi Sohn 12/11/2004 9:58:39 AM Pacific

judi(space)so and I'm the only choice. Not really a fair measure. What if your name just happens to be Steve Jobs or Bill Gates? ;-)

Jerry Kindall 12/11/2004 10:36:21 AM Pacific
No, don't count the space. That would just be cruel! That'd make Dean 5.4 (five letters, fourth position).
John Poetzel 12/11/2004 11:41:42 AM Pacific
I got to "John Poetze" and it asked if I meant to type "John Poetzel". Does that count for any extry?
Richard Anderson 12/11/2004 2:07:02 PM Pacific
Jihad Muhammad: 3.1*
Avi Drissman 12/11/2004 8:39:15 PM Pacific
5.8. Just an "Avi Dr" is all you need.
William Nickelson 12/12/2004 6:36:10 AM Pacific
Keith Taylor 12/12/2004 6:52:33 AM Pacific
6.1 for sortapundit (hot damn)
6.2 for Keith Taylor
andrew 12/12/2004 8:02:11 AM Pacific
andrew olson 12/12/2004 8:02:34 AM Pacific
sorry, forgot the last name.
Rhianna 12/12/2004 8:17:37 AM Pacific
7.51 and 7.54 depending on if you want my political blog or my family one. Do I get extra points for the sheer number of pagans adopting my name as their "magical" one? ;)
Trudy W. Schuett 12/12/2004 8:19:19 AM Pacific
Trudy W. Schuett 12/12/2004 8:23:08 AM Pacific
Wait! did it wrong!


I'm the #3 Trudy!

LB 12/12/2004 9:09:38 AM Pacific
I'm a 7*
Janelle 12/12/2004 11:17:20 AM Pacific
Yippie, my turn.
Sam Muldia 12/12/2004 12:31:05 PM Pacific
What do I put in when it doesn't suggest anything until i type my entire name in?

Sam Muldia got me exactly that.

Samuel Muldia got a suggestion at 'Samuel Muldi', which makes my score 11.0

Sam Muldia 12/12/2004 12:33:15 PM Pacific
Aah, I'm a retard. I used regular Google.
Janelle 12/12/2004 12:49:13 PM Pacific
Sam, you are not a retard, I am. I used regular Google and then suggest. Regualr got me Spooked! I'm going in January to cut a record and Janelle already beat me. The Pope is on her site! The Spiirt of the Dove I can take but....

Giggle giggle

Teri Lester 12/12/2004 1:14:03 PM Pacific
What do I get if my name never comes up on the list, but I'm the #1 link when I click Search?
Jerry Kindall 12/12/2004 1:15:48 PM Pacific
I think in that case, you don't have one.
Elaine Nelson 12/12/2004 4:26:14 PM Pacific
4.6. whoa.
David Mercer 12/12/2004 4:29:42 PM Pacific
I'm an 8.9, if you count the space between first and last names. With my middle initial I don't come up at all!
Paul 12/12/2004 4:35:04 PM Pacific
People in real life confuse my last name with that of a popular hair care product that's alphabetically ahead of mine, so it's no wonder that Google should do the same thing. 10.0
Nick Douglas 12/12/2004 4:49:05 PM Pacific
6.4.1. Damn that Nick Drake.
Ralph Brandi 12/12/2004 6:32:51 PM Pacific
I'm at 8.3.1. Cool idea.
chris boone 12/12/2004 7:41:00 PM Pacific
Ryan Edwards 12/12/2004 10:36:22 PM Pacific
5.1 or does the space between 1st and last names count? then it's 6.1
Jerry Kindall 12/12/2004 10:37:28 PM Pacific
For the third time, no the space does not count. ;)
Ross Thomas 12/12/2004 11:14:15 PM Pacific
5.4. Though I figure most of those hits are probably for Ross Thomas the dead novelist, rather than Ross Thomas the underrated blogger. But I might be wrong.
George Kelly 12/13/2004 12:28:51 AM Pacific
8.2. Still aced out by the dead groundbreaking pyschologist and his personal constructs, alas.
dave blackwood 12/13/2004 2:21:35 AM Pacific
13.1 what an ego-crusher.
Madame Butterfly 12/13/2004 5:54:54 AM Pacific
My real name came up as the bonus zero!!!!
Eliot Gelwan 12/13/2004 6:16:40 AM Pacific
Gelwan is 5.3

My weblog "Follow Me Here.." is 11.1

Andrew Bourke 12/13/2004 6:52:40 AM Pacific
tiffany brown 12/13/2004 6:56:09 AM Pacific
8.5 ... but then there's two maxim hometown hotties, a singer, a writer, a zionist, and at least a dozen college athletes who share my name.
David LeBer 12/13/2004 8:27:54 AM Pacific
10.10 - I like the symmetry :-)
Kathy K 12/13/2004 9:22:48 AM Pacific
I've got Teri's problem. My name doesn't get suggested at all. But if I type my name into regular Google, I'm #1. In fact, at the moment, I'm #1 through #25 (didn't check subsequent pages). Interesting!
Paul Ricketts 12/13/2004 9:32:59 AM Pacific
8.1 - The real me didn't show on the results till the 22nd link - sigh. So is that 8.1.22?
Mars Saxman 12/13/2004 10:22:55 AM Pacific
7.1, 11,400 hits. Not bad given the nature of my first name.
Russell Newquist 12/13/2004 11:04:40 AM Pacific
11.0 - I expected about as much, seeing as my first name is common with Russell Crowe, Russell Athletics, Russell Simmons, etc. It also turns up stuff like Russia and Rush Limbaugh well before my own name.

Guess I just need to get famouser.

Chris Huffman 12/13/2004 11:19:36 AM Pacific
9.2 - Christmas is a killer.
Greg 12/13/2004 1:15:29 PM Pacific
8.6 (or 9.0)
kevin swanson 12/13/2004 2:00:30 PM Pacific
7.2 I feel so.........average!
Sean Gleeson 12/13/2004 2:03:39 PM Pacific
6.3.1, but I want a bonus for being all of the top ten results (out of 104,000).

(Meanwhile, my wife, "Phoebe Gleeson," never gets suggested at all, no matter how many letters are typed! What's that, an Infinity score? I have sheltered her well indeed.)

Jerry Kindall 12/13/2004 2:07:22 PM Pacific
Okay, Sean gets an umlaut, but he's the only one.

If you don't come up at all, it's not an infinity score, but no score at all. Some people don't have middle names -- other people don't have Google Suggest numbers. ;)

Sean Gleeson 12/13/2004 2:09:49 PM Pacific
Wow! You know what's even weirder? I get a better score (a 6.1.1) by misspelling my name! Type in "sean gl," but instead of selecting "sean gleeson" (the right spelling, third on the list), I select "sean gleason" (first on the list). And I'm the number one result there, too!
Sean Gleeson 12/13/2004 3:17:46 PM Pacific
Finally (I promise): it's a 4.3.4 if I leave out "sean," and just go with "glee." Thanks for inventing this amusement!
Dave Munger 12/13/2004 4:31:17 PM Pacific
9 if I go by David. More results than David Mung! Woo, in your face! If I go by Dave, then I have to put in my whole name before it comes up.
Chas Redmond 12/13/2004 6:33:38 PM Pacific
with 804 results
Phoebe Gleeson 12/14/2004 1:13:16 AM Pacific
What's funny is I don't have a middle name either.
Dodd Harr1s 12/14/2004 6:14:49 AM Pacific
King of Fools 12/14/2004 6:35:05 AM Pacific
10.1, but hey - I'm first out of 935,000 results!
King of Fools 12/14/2004 6:37:34 AM Pacific
Wait, I read the directions again and they helped me.


Ian Crittenden 12/14/2004 9:57:58 AM Pacific
13.1 not me but my name. some dude in Queensland
Russell Moore 12/14/2004 12:46:25 PM Pacific
10.2 brings up over 2 million pages with my (very common) name.
Graham 12/14/2004 3:36:42 PM Pacific
9.1 for first+last, 4.9 for my last name alone.
triticale 12/14/2004 8:06:36 PM Pacific
4.2.1 - one of the benefits of nicknonymity.
Daniel Talsky 12/15/2004 10:10:47 AM Pacific
dayment 12/15/2004 1:59:11 PM Pacific
5.9 for Dayment/Daymented, but really, it's an odd word :o)
Tara 12/15/2004 3:32:10 PM Pacific
Jesse Spector 12/15/2004 3:32:32 PM Pacific
9.0... 6.0 for my last name.
Dylan Wilbanks 12/17/2004 5:12:48 PM Pacific
13.0.1 with 576 results. I'm betting it would be higher if I signed comments and usenet posts with my real name.
Ron Avitzur 12/20/2004 12:52:03 PM Pacific
5.3 Woo-Hoo.
chris sainsbury 12/21/2004 12:43:41 AM Pacific
Matt Carter 1/4/2005 10:47:07 PM Pacific
I don't have to count spaces? Woohoo! That gives me a 6.4.1 ! Thanks for adopting my suggestion Jerry.
lia 1/15/2005 10:33:13 PM Pacific
3.4! "lia" gets my blog at #4, presumably if i added my name to the title it would come up first.
Winslow Oddfellow II 1/20/2005 1:18:45 PM Pacific
I didn't appear at all. :-(
Ben Rosenthal 2/9/2005 9:07:21 PM Pacific
JD Hodges 2/10/2005 9:44:59 AM Pacific
I also wrote an automated Google Suggest Number calculator, check it out!
Ian Heggie 2/21/2005 6:52:35 PM Pacific
Im happy with 6.0!
Rae 3/5/2005 6:00:38 AM Pacific

rae h - will produce my name as #10. Add the second letter of my last name and I become #2.

Interesting game you thought up ;).

Amy Totten 4/10/2005 11:56:40 AM Pacific
6.4 funny that's what I am at for hot or not too!
Amanda 4/30/2005 8:35:31 PM Pacific
hello this is cute:)
Alice 6/27/2005 12:28:34 PM Pacific
a number with one hundred zero's
Jerry Kindall 6/27/2005 1:03:40 PM Pacific
Good one Alice.
Kim Siever 7/15/2005 1:05:18 PM Pacific
vikas paliwal 8/9/2005 1:40:37 AM Pacific
my google number is 6.7
midheg 9/12/2005 2:10:51 PM Pacific
i think it is 8.3
Brad Hurt 9/20/2005 6:10:42 AM Pacific
Andrew Nagy 9/21/2005 10:51:01 AM Pacific
I got an 8.8 ... hey I think that was my birth weight!
Tony Simmons 11/22/2005 5:22:37 AM Pacific

4 of those are for NFL players. If it weren't for my work with turtles, I wouldn't even be on the map.

Bill Carver 1/14/2006 8:08:07 PM Pacific
8.0! Woo hoo! I'm special!
Nadejda Zaharieva 2/16/2006 7:42:41 AM Pacific
My name didn't appear!! =)
msagnet 4/14/2006 6:40:42 AM Pacific
My real name is the one i checked. It is John lee. I got 7.2 I just noticed 7.2 is so common :) :) :) & :( :(
= :)
msagnet 4/14/2006 6:43:15 AM Pacific
I cant be lieve it! msagnet gets a 5.2!? :) :) ght rules! jr gangster suks!
Tina 4/15/2006 8:40:50 AM Pacific
9.9, it is my favorite number.
john 4/19/2006 11:25:45 PM Pacific
jesus is 3.5, as compared to jessica simpson who is1.7, and johnny carson who is 1.8.
all this despite the fact that jesus brings up 49,100,000 references whereas jessica simpson brings up 3,400,000. I daresay even George Bush couldn't overcome that disparity in popularity even with some dirty Republican tricks.

google earth comes in at 9.10, far far behind google earnings report at 8.5, and gmail at 1.1

myspace is 2.1 whereas mapquest is 1.1

nothing is certain except death which is 3.2, and taxes 2.8, behind tax forms 2.6 is 3.1, e harmony is 2.1, and ebay is 1.1

Sexy boy 5/17/2007 11:03:23 AM Pacific
Hello everybody and Googol is my Favoite number ahahahahahaha
Michael Norton 12/24/2007 11:14:36 AM Pacific
9.4 (michael no)
Kadri 8/22/2009 3:38:46 PM Pacific
14.0 :D
Molly Foai 1/20/2010 6:28:29 PM Pacific
6.1 YAY!!!!!!.... but scary... hmmm.....

Michael Jackson is 1.2

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