Here I start a quick comparison of what search engines actually find about me.
I am glad to read that Live Search can find Jimi Hendrix’s face, and Google can spot those portraits of Paris Hilton.
Unfortunately I am not as famous as them, so not enough people have tagged me. Not on “normal” web pages or newspaper.
Yahoo did a great/smart thing buying Flickr.
It gets people doing the TAGGING for them.
So the results are accurate for pretty much everything.
Ok granted. All of these pictures are coming out of Flickr.
But while that is a limitation, it is also its power.
This is also why I was able to search for “blackberries” the other day and find the thing I was searching for, that is FRUIT that grows spontaneously in the woods, rather than a bunch of stupid mobile telephones.
Doing the same search on Google:
Ok this is not all from flickr anymore, they actually have the rest of the web in their database. Most of them are pictures I made – granted. But only one OF me, and definitely not the first one. Ninth position.
try the blackberry serch images.google.com/images?svnum=10&q=blackberry+OR+fruit
And now Live Search:
Same as Google: images from everywhere. Less images than Google. Most of them made by me (not all). An actual picture of myself is in 9th position.
my blackberry search here finds a lot of fruit…
strangely enough, there’s an IPhone among them!!!!