A Whole Lotta Nothing points to an astonishing example of how most people don’t get blogs. For some reason a blog post briefly mentioning having watched an episode of Overhauling, which seems to be a makeover show for cars (!), is the first hit on Google for the name of the show. There are dozens of comments to the post from people who think they’re writing to the show, asking for their husbands’ cars to be made over, and in between these comments are other comments from people telling the other commenters how stupid they are for not realising that this is not the Overhauling website. Whole Lotta Nothing remarks:

But my guess is that regular folks see Google as an internet appliance, and when you put in “overhaulin” you will get the right site as the first result and if that site asks for comments, it must be the show, right?

(via Sylloge)

4 thoughts on “misunderstanding

  1. Doug

    Having “courting” in my title gets me a lot of referrals from google searches clearly looking for dating advice. (Or mating habits of mammals, or – strangely – lantern fish.)

    Fortunately, no one has actually mistaken mine for being an advice site as yet …

  2. Florine

    My ‘co-writer’ wrote a post about his old math-book at school… someone found it by googling and commented: I want answers! Which means now schoolkids looking for the name of this book + answers get referred to our blog, and get pissed off when they don’t find what they are looking for. It’s quite funny actually.
    (The book is called ‘Getal en Ruimte’ and is in Dutch, as is our blog…)

  3. Mad William Flint

    heh. having a blog named “The Universal Church of Cosmic Uncertainty” causes all manner of confusion via google. šŸ˜‰

  4. Blog.org

    Dumb reader stories
    Jill Walker mentions how people visiting the Noetech blog which mentioned watching a TV show attracts lots of people who seem to …

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