What is this, Google Answers?

Posted by joy

Blogging, for me, has brought me vast rewards, Internet celebrity status (heh), fortune (see the Google Ads) and occassionally, random questions from people I don’t know. Witness the email I received the other day…

Recently someone told me to “stop Googling them.” I had been innocently searching Google for info about them, so I got a little paranoid. I don’t know if you’d be able to answer this, but I was wondering if there IS any way someone can find that you’ve been Googling them, or if he was just being sarcastic and assuming that I’d done so. I’m pretty technically savvy, for a normal person, and I’d never heard of such a thing, so I thought I’d ask you.

And my response:

The only way that someone could find out if you were “googling” them was if you found their Web site using Google using their name. When that occurs, most of the time the Web site owner will see that someone was “referred” from Google.

i.e. you searched for “joe smith is a hottie”

then Google will pass along information to the Web site owner that looks similar to this:

Referer: http://www.google.com/search?q=joe+smith+is+a+hottie

But, if the person doesn’t have a Web site, then I would bet that person was just assuming you had done so.

[tags]Google, referrers, Googling is a verb, Am I going to get a cease and desist for Googling? [/tags]

One Response to “What is this, Google Answers?”

  1. Not Joe Smith Says:

    Googling, so that’s what you kids call it nowadays? We used to call it something else back in my day….
    You also forgot the other possibility: Joe Smith works for the gov’t. They’re always up in everybody’s googling.

Leave a Reply