Monday, August 07, 2006

The Return of The Other Drew

Google Alert — it's one of the ultimate vanity services that the internet can provide you. With the entry of a few simple words into a search field, Google Alerts will tell you what's been said about you online. And for the less self-absorbed, it can also tell you about what's been said about other subjects, like the national deficit or "Reading Rainbow" or the Daily Nexus or Allan Moore or Zespri brand golden kiwi fruit. Anything you’d search on your own can be programmed into Google Alert to send results on a regular basis.

Like watch this: Melissa Bardin Galsky. She’s the voice of the Melissa character on “Home Movies.” And if she subscribes to Google Alert — and being an integral part of a show that’s drawn a loyal cult following, why wouldn’t she, if only to read the heaps of praise that blog-savvy Adult Swim geeks surely would heap on her? — then she’ll eventually find out that I wrote this. Hi, Melissa!

What’s especially great about Google Alert is that the service continues working until you tell it to stop. That way, those things you spend time Googling in order to stay up-to-speed on come tumbling happily into your email inbox. And then you can find new, more productive ways to waste time. And that’s what we’re all trying for, right?

It goes without saying, then, that I’ve asked Google Alert to keep tabs on me, Drew, as well as my usual screenname, kidicarus222. This system lets me know little strange things like that the WordPress blog K, Speaking! featured one of my recent Flickr contributions. I also find more evidence of The Other Drew, a person who continually foils my efforts to find out about what the online world thinks of me merely by existing online more than I do.

Most notably, Google Alert directed me to the blog of a gentleman named Dave Wilcox. I’ve never figured out exactly what this across-the-pond Drew does for a living, but he’s featured in search results so often with Dave Wilcox that I often have to tell Google to specifically strike out any possible entries that feature the words “Drew Mxxxxx” and Wilcox.” (And, tragically, if Genuflessa Wilcox ever decided to rail against me online, I probably won’t ever find out.) It’s fine, really, but it’s oddly enticing to glean bits of the Other Drew’s life through entries like this one, in which Wilcox describes attending a speed dating session along with my name twin. From what I can tell, The Other Drew may be the British Governance Minister, or a British Governance Minister. Not that I know what any type of governance minister does, really, but it’s more than I had before.

Anyway, I encourage everybody to shun popular opinion and spend a good amount of time Googling themselves — or at least making Google Alert do it for them. It’s not vain. It’s interesting. And if you’d rather not do that, then spend your time Googling me. Maybe you’ll have better luck finding out exactly who The Other Drew is doing with himself, wherever he is.

And if you’re reading this, Mr. Drew, sir? Then hi. Hi there. That’s all.
links: [ Google Alert ], [ Useful Games, the blog of Dave Wilcox ] and [ K, Speaking ]
EDIT: Somehow, I didn't see this before. The Other Drew, it turns out, is a dead ringer for Jeffrey Tambor. His official title: "engagement game designer." Anybody?

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:21 PM

    Oh hi there Mackie, I'd like to thank you for letting me use one of your flickr images.

    I think I was searching for the word "words" when I found the image. My every entry goes with the picture I searched from flickr and I make an effort to just put the link of the person who owns the picture - and use them in a good way.

    Thanks again.