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Pondering Digital Existentialism Through Query
|| 9/24/2008 || 3:29 pm || Comments Off on Pondering Digital Existentialism Through Query || ||

Screen grab of Yahoo’s search result (#9) for “Nikolas”

Having a eponymous website means that both my first & last name are combined to create the name for my website. The other day I decided to see where my first name (Nikolas) and my last name (Schiller) showed up in the search results of the three major search engines Google, MSN and Yahoo. The results are somewhat surprising.

As you’ll see below, “Nikolas” was ranked #8, #9, and #11 and “Schiller” is #31, #114, and #106 on Google, MSN, and Yahoo, respectively.



Below are screen grabs of “Nikolas” from Google & MSN (Yahoo is above)

Screen grab of Google’s search result for “Nikolas”

Screen grab of MSN’s search result for “Nikolas”



Below are screen grabs of “Schiller” from Google, MSN, and Yahoo

Screen grab of Google’s search result for “Schiller”

Screen grab of MSN’s search result for “Schiller”

Screen grab of Yahoo’s search result for “Schiller”



Below are screen grabs of “Nikolas Schiller” from Google, MSN, and Yahoo

Screen grab of Google’s search result for “Nikolas Schiller”

Screen grab of MSN’s search result for “Nikolas Schiller”

Screen grab of Yahoo’s search result for “Nikolas Schiller”



So what does this mean? Nothing really. With nearly 1500 different blog entries and hundreds of links pointing toward this website, it makes sense that my name shows up where it shows up. Yet I am pleasantly surprised that my first name gets such high ranking, while at the same time, I’m not that surprised with my last name’s rank. Less than a year ago, before I released the contents of this website to the search engines, I could not have done this type of querying, but now I can. Maybe a year from now, I’ll revisit this entry and see where name has moved to in the rankings.



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