Disclaimer: Check the date! This post was written way back in 2008. If there are technical things in here, they may be outdated, or there may be better ways to do them by now. You've been warned.
If I’m ever going to be rich and famous people will need to know who I am. Removes tongue from cheek. If anyone knows who I am it should probably be Google. How good is a web guru if they’re not number one in Google for their own name? Seriously would you trust anything I had to say if you couldn’t find me in Google? Well, it seems I have that covered, at least for now, I’m number one, two, three and four on a search for eric delabar. My problem starts with result number five.
The previous owner of the number one spot on Google is a professional soccer player and coach who shares my name. No offense to him, but I really don’t want the association. So here’s my problem, I can establish me, but how do I establish not me?
To establish me I’ve of course created this blog, it’s hosted on ericdelabar.com how more authoritative can you be.
I’ve created an identity page written with
XFN markup to establish what other sites, accounts,
and profiles out there are mine, and I’ve created a FOAF file and
linked to it from the
head of this document. If I understand the
Google Social Graph API, this pretty
much means I’ve established me, at least I will have as soon as my site’s been crawled and indexed.
What about not me? Good question; there is no
rel="not-me" in XFN, maybe there should be, but
then again is it really necessary? It’s also really not the point of XFN, maybe Google needs some extensions in order
to more appropriately identify the edge types. Or maybe they just figure that if I used my identity page to point to
all sites that are me doesn’t that mean anything that isn’t specified isn’t me? What about things I haven’t
written myself? For instance a news article on “Eric DeLabar,” can I establish that one article is about me and another
article is about the soccer player? How about blog and forum comments, it would be great to have an authenticated and
decentralized means of establishing me on a site that is not my own. It would be even better if I could then aggregate
these comments into my own site to track my current conversations in the blogosphere.
I guess what this all comes down to is that I’m wondering how long until Google has the ability to generate something like the following:
Google, are you listening? A few more microformat parsers, an opt-out (or opt-in) page, and the information you already have.