Bing Myself a Duck Duck Blekko!

Continuing the vanity theme of the previous post, I thought I would try some other search engines; Bing, Duck Duck Go and Blekko. I know this isn’t real science but for us laymen, I think it is a useful excercise and may turn up one or two surprises.

When I Binged myself; I came out number one with LinkedIn. This is better than Google perhaps I am on a roll. Then next result was from Facebook – not me, but another Eric Hewett. The third result was a French business vertical search site which seems to collect information on businesses registered in France. Then followed a few more LinkedIn results for other Eric Hewetts. OMG – they are taking over the world!

The next result interestingly was a French job hunting site that I registered on a while ago. Then the first real surprise, yesterday’s blog entry had already been referenced by Bing. My next thought was what about Google. No sign of the new posting there!

Following a result for a site called Manta, we were onto page 2, and there at the top was me on Facebook. Clearly Microsoft’s close relationship with Facebook was paying off. Following that there were a couple for results for this blog, then I disappear off the radar.

So what did DuckDuckGo throw up. Well, another surprise, the my blog post of yesterday was the number one result. Certainly in terms of my most relevant and up-to-date information this is it!

Moving on a result from Facebook, not me. I get the next result from LinkedIn. I am impressed!  Following a few more results which weren’t me, the DreaInCode entry which appeared in the Google results, shortly followed by may Facebook entry. After which I disappear off the results.

And so to Blekko. Well I get the number one result with LinkedIn. Well after that there are a couple of Facebook entries in the first twenty results but after that I disappear completely. Horray! I hear you cry, this will be my search engine of choice from now on!

So did I gain anything from this exercise in vanity? Well actually yes! So what did I learn?

  • I think in future when I am searching non-persons like myself, I will be more inclined to use Bing and DuckDuckGo rather than just Googling everything.
  • Secondly, it is interesting that the other Search Engines attach more importance to LinkedIn.
  • I was impressed the speed with which DuckDuckGo in particular, had reference the previous blog post.
  • Non of the search engines found any Twitter results either for me or any of the other Erics, which makes me wonder how far Bing has got with its Twitter integration.
  • Google seems to have a great variety of results, but they are not always me me me! (Sorry) Short of providing a DNA sample for every site on which you register, it is pretty difficult to determine which is the real Eric Hewett.
  • Finally I am left ponder whether Google spends most of it’s time focusing on revisiting the big sites and only looks at the minnows infrequently.

About Eric Hewett

I am an internet programmer, and smallholder. I am really trying to figure out what I can do with Wordpress. A few observations and thoughts which someone on the dark side of the moon might find either useful or interesting.
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1 Response to Bing Myself a Duck Duck Blekko!

  1. Pingback: Keeping up e-ppearances: How to bury your digital dirt – tech – 23 February 2011 – New Scientist | Eric Hewett

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