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03-20-04, 06:11 PM
CPA Googles For His Name, Sues Google For Libel
Quote:"Mark Maughan, an accountant, searched Google for his name on March 25 2003 and found some 'alarming, false, misleading and injurious' information about himself and his firm. Therefore, he is now suing Google, Yahoo (which used Google as its search engine at the time), AOL (for using Google to enhance its search results) and Time Warner (because they're the same company as AOL) for libel. Specifically, his lawyer John Girardi believes that Google's PageRank algorithm takes known good information and twists its context when displaying search results."
EDIT : As with the 'Kid uses Google to discover he was kidnapped' thread, I Googled my own name. It turns out I'm a cosmetic surgeon and didn't even know it. Edited by: Ackar at: 3/20/04 6:24 pm
03-20-04, 06:24 PM
Dumb. Just plain dumb. Lenilya Venomcraft - EQ - Emarr - Clan Autumnwood - Retired
Lenilya - FFXI - Cerberus - TheSafehouse Linkshell
03-20-04, 06:32 PM
I googled my name and only 2 pages came up. Out of those, the first was my grandfather's obituary. Then I had 3 or 4 that were about me. Most of them were about ti calculator programs I wrote during HS.
I also googled "gyorg lavode" and turned up less than 1 page of links, though all but 2 were about me. --------------------------
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03-20-04, 07:11 PM
I'm apparently a rather famous foot ball kicker in the NFL. I barely know what sports season it is, let alone whos the kicker of some team.
03-20-04, 07:59 PM
I just google for this guys buisness "Brown & Maughan".
The first 2 listings are for List of Disciplinary Actions for California Board of Accountancy’s Licensees Edited by: Ackar at: 3/20/04 8:01 pm
03-20-04, 08:11 PM
I found a link about a guy in the next county over that had cancer, was a newspaper story. Didn't find anything specifically about me. Hara
03-20-04, 08:34 PM
I'm two psychics!
03-20-04, 08:59 PM
While he's at it why doesn't he sue libraries for subscribing to newspapers that contain editorials that criticize this litigious bastard.
03-20-04, 09:43 PM
my name dopplegangers (and I don't have a common name) are:
an animal rights creep
author of childrens books
author of many books that espouse socialist views
I need to go back to the father land and talk to my familily =)
"I don't know what's easier, making people laugh, or making them want to punch me in the face."
03-20-04, 10:52 PM
Seeing as how he's a CPA, I'm surprised he has all this free time to launch a major lawsuit in the height of tax season. He must not be a very good accountant.
03-20-04, 11:29 PM
I googled my name, apparently I'm a gay porn star.
Quote:Seeing as how he's a CPA, I'm surprised he has all this free time to launch a major lawsuit in the height of tax season. He must not be a very good accountant.
No, he's a good one. Lawsuit = free publicity.
03-21-04, 01:18 PM
I'm unique. I googled my name, and all that came up were 2 local newspaper articles from like 6 years ago when I was on honour rolls or won awards, and oddly, my name is on a "Mario Kart religion" website...
03-21-04, 02:08 PM
There's a Mario Kart religion now?
I gotta start converting.
03-21-04, 02:49 PM
Googling my first and last name with the quotations around it leads to two links, both from the same site, and both actually me.
I guess my name is very rare...
03-21-04, 03:41 PM
Apparently I've got a common name, but the most interesting websites I got were all MST3K sites.
Damn him for stealing my name! Jarat Yn'Harla
54th Level Rogue
My Magelo, now I'm uber like everyone else
03-21-04, 03:57 PM
Only time I show up is in a single letter I wrote to a newspaper about... 3 years ago... 'Cuz I'm Psycho Like That...
03-21-04, 04:20 PM
03-21-04, 04:43 PM
Hey this fits in with the lawsuit theme of this thread... I Googled my name and first thing that came up is a law school with my name.
03-21-04, 04:56 PM
I googled Caowyth, and found out that I'm Kezzek's fan club president.
03-22-04, 06:31 AM
I am a medal of honor winner that died in WW2. They even had a picture of my gravestone.
03-22-04, 07:30 AM
i'm a couple of doctors, couple of biologists....
Found some books my father wrote, and found his name of a list of BBSes (which is actually true)
and my name in the college newsletter about a bone naming contest I won.
03-22-04, 02:42 PM
Googling my name shows that a former co-worker incorrectly attributes the phrase "Eschew Obfuscation" to me. All I did was steal it from a poster that my Econ teacher had on the wall back in High School.
This CPA probably regrets not going to law school.
03-23-04, 07:49 AM
I apparently have an online store..... Wonder if I can get a percentage of profits
03-24-04, 12:57 PM
I had six about me, all from my football season. Apparently I'm a high jumper from CA too.
03-25-04, 03:24 AM
83 pages, 874 hits (or so)
0 are really me (ok I scanned through pretty fast)
although one was almost creepy in how close it was to me.
someone with my name searching online for somone named william...I have done that, an old friend I lost contact with...weird.
the curse of sharing the name of a town in england (or was it france?)
03-25-04, 07:08 AM
My real name only comes up once, in a list of members of a Greek organization - and it's really me.
If I could read Polish, I could find out more... seems my last name is the name of an area or park or lake or something.
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Why is it that the last piece I've needed from EVERY armor set, from Ravenscale on up to Stanos' Wicked is the PANTS?
I honestly am beginning to think it's a conspiracy founded by Glip!
Results 1 - 10 of about 180,000. Search took 0.20 seconds
I googled my name and came up with 2.4 million results.
My name is Dean Clark; any guesses as to what about 2.4 million of those results were regarding?