My Name is Not Mispelled, Google!
Eagar vs. Eager
With a last name like Eagar you are bound to get people (or machines for that matter) who misspell or mispronounce your name. So far, about 75% of the new people I meet haven’t been able to pronounce my last name. They say something like Edger, Egore, Egare and the list goes on. After a while you get used to this.
I deal with mispronunciations and misspellings all the time. I can’t really blame someone who hasn’t met me or doesn’t know who I am…I am sure I would make the same mistake. What I don’t understand however, is when a machine as smart as Google thinks my name is misspelled. When you Google my name, Google shows it as a misspelling, suggesting of course my name rival Andrew Eager (the nerve!)
Now I know what you are thinking. Google is a simple machine and shouldn’t be held to such high standards. This might be true, but because I am an SEO I tend to think that Google is much more capable of things than we think—If you don’t believe me, checkout some of these fun tricks you can do with Google—So where was I…oh, right. Since I am an SEO I thought I would compare my name (Andrew Eagar ) with my name rival Andrew Eager to see if Google just got this wrong or if there is a real reason for the misspelling showing up.
Number of Results
Alright, Eager has me beat by having nearly 30M more results. Now some may say that this is reason enough for Google to think that the word is misspelled, but my argument is that Eager is used for more than just a last name (which this search term is clearly implying). A great example is the #10 result for Andrew Eager, an example of the most common usage of the term “Eager” and not the last name which the search term clearly implies.
Both results show images of people. For Eagar the images are the first result and for Eager the images are the 3rd result. In the Eagar results 4 of the 5 images are of me while in the Eager post 3 of the 6 images are of one person and the other 3 are not of that person.
I think Eagar wins this because clearly 4 of the 5 images are of a single person…that means that people are looking and searching for ME (a real person) while even with the other result, the person being search for isn’t as clear. Now those of you not in the Search world might think, how would google know what images are of you…well, this might be a good read for you.
Both sets of results rank linked in near the top. The first results are for the directory of profiles on LinkedIn. For Eagar, LinkedIn shows 7 names in their directory while the eager only shows 2 names in their directory. If LinkedIn is right, Andrew Eagar is a more popular name than Andrew Eager
The next LinkedIn result that Google shows is actual LinkedIn profiles for both Eagar and Eager.
My profile shows up for Eagar search. For Eager a profile of a director of operations at eGourmet Solutions Inc. shows up. Truthfully, I have to concede, Andrew Eager is a more qualified candidate having served in the army and more work experience and 13 more connections than I. I will say that I have him beat in recommendations though.
Both Google searches show Twitter profiles. For Eagar, my Twitter profile shows up. For Eager a man named Andrew Eager shows up with no picture.
Unlike the LinkedIn duel, I win on almost all fronts. I have tweeted 588 times while Eager has only tweeted 14 times. I am following 101 people, while Eager is following 181 and I have 343 followers while Eager only has 24. In addition, my profile is more filled out with a website link and description of me. Clearly I am the winner, right?
The Facebook results in both searches are a bit different. For Eagar it is clear Facebook wants to show me and shows my Facebook profile M Andrew Eagar with that being the only result on Facebook. For the Eager result Facebook shows up to ten results, but those results are a bit funny showing people who don’t even have the last name of Eager at all. I don’t know who the clear winner is here, so we will call it a tie.
Is it the word: eagar?
All in all I think there is enough evidence here to say that Andrew Eagar should not be misspelled. Now I know what you are thinking, it’s the word eager. Eager is more commonly used and should not be seen as misspelled because of its wide usage, that is why Eagar is misspelled. Well, that just simply isn’t the case.
When doing a search for Maurice Eagar and Michael Eagar the result for misspelling did not show up. On the same end, doing a search for Maurice Eager did in fact show the misspelling result. This disproves the theory of Eager being widely used and not misspelled.
All in all, I will accept misspellings and mispronunciations from normal people…but from Google I expect more accuracy.