Back when I was living in New York City, a college friend once tried to track me down by calling information and asking for the phone number of “David Goldstein”. The operator derisively laughed back, “I must have hundreds of David Goldsteins, sir. You’ll have to be more specific.”
Yeah, when it comes to naming children, my parents didn’t earn any points for creativity. Six out of the eight boys in my Hebrew school class were named “David”, and tacking on my last name wasn’t any more distinctive. “David Goldstein” is the “John Smith” of Judaism — about as generically ethnic as it gets.
And so it is with some amount of pride that I noticed this morning that HA currently occupies the top two slots when you search my name on Google. In fact, of approximately 1.7 million results returned, I personally hold five of the ten slots on the first results page.
(Of course, on the downside, HA is no longer the top result for “Tim Eyman“. It’s number three. Ah well. You can’t have everything.)
It’s not exactly fame, and it certainly hasn’t brought me any fortune, but my Google ranking is a testament to the power of the blogosphere to give voice to individuals who, a few years ago, would have been drowned out by the din of the corporate media. Anybody with something to say — and a knack for saying it — now has the opportunity to reach a larger audience.
I’m a cynic by nature, but I remain hopeful that the Internet will continue to grow into the democratizing force our world desperately needs.