Speak of the Devil

There’s an old superstition that whenever you say The Devil’s name, you attract his attention. Thanks to advances in search technology, the Internet is kind of like that. A casually dropped phrase in your low-traffic web log easily becomes the focus of precisely the person you don’t want to read it, and quicker than you can say “naked Disney characters” or “Britney Spears mp3s”, someone calls in a surgical strike of lawyers waving cease-and-desist letters.

Then there’s the problem that storage is so cheap now. This, combined with the aforementioned search technology means that you may come to regret using your real name when you delivered those cutting insults in a Usenet flamewar back when the Internet was a whole lot less popular.

I bet that Marc Andreessen, founder of Netscape, regrets divulging back in 1991 that his favourite porn movie was “Dickman and Throbbin“.

Tres embarassant!

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3 Responses to “Speak of the Devil”

  1. Stuart Says:

    Today was the day I got my first piece of search engine traffic from someone looking for the keywords “dickman and throbbin”. I love my quality readership. :)

  2. sara glover Says:

    I was wondering if you knew were i could purchase the movie Adventures of Dickman And Throbbin if you do please write back thanks sara

  3. Not Using a Real One Says:

    Would you believe that Google led me here when I searched for “Dickman and Throbbin”? I’m off now to try and find a site that actually sells the video. Luckily there were more than a few results in my search. All the best to you.