Mike Siwek, Lawyer from Michigan, shows how Google dominates

…Slight edit: To see Mike Siwek’s actual listing, try this directory for Mike Siwek, lawyer from Michigan. This blog post has become my most visited in the past few days, because apparently leading this post title (and thus the page’s title) with “Mike Siwek” makes it the top Google result for mike siwek lawyer mi. Dustin Woodward from Web Search Connoisseur points out that I screwed everything up. Maybe this link back to what might be Mr. Siwek’s original (albeit, unhelpful) listing will restore balance to the Google.

Amusingly, my blog post does not appear in the top ten results for this query in either Bing’s or Yahoo’s version of .”mike siwek lawyer mi.” Possibly because those guys have it in for me. But more likely, it’s because those engines look for that query literally, so that the top results are pages with that exact phrase. My blog post uses “Michigan,” so the Google’s engine propensity to suss out your abbreviations gives more prominence to “Michigan” over “mi”.

A nice read at Wired about Google’s all-knowing search engine, but, not surprisingly, short on technical details (the timeline of major search innovations is pretty informative, though). The author, Steven Levy, uses the example query of mike siwek lawyer mi to demonstrate why Google stands above the others.

Amit Singhal types that koan into his company’s search box. Singhal, a gentle man in his forties, is a Google Fellow, an honorific bestowed upon him four years ago to reward his rewrite of the search engine in 2001. He jabs the Enter key. In a time span best measured in a hummingbird’s wing-flaps, a page of links appears. The top result connects to a listing for an attorney named Michael Siwek in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s a fairly innocuous search — the kind that Google’s servers handle billions of times a day — but it is deceptively complicated. Type those same words into Bing, for instance, and the first result is a page about the NFL draft that includes safety Lawyer Milloy. Several pages into the results, there’s no direct referral to Siwek.

That query no longer works, thanks to the popularity of the Levy article. But a search for shawn carter lawyer ohio is an equivalent demonstration of Google’s savvy. Shawn Carter, of course, is better known as the rapper Jay-Z’s real name. However, Google’s search seems to be able to divine, by the third term, that you are not looking for a rapper, or even the rapper’s lawyer in Arizona. In fact, it guesses that maybe you heard “Sean Carter”, and if so, well, there’s a bunch of relevant “Sean Carter” lawyer links if there happens to not be an actual “Shawn Carter” practicing law in Arizona.

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Bing, mentioned in the Wired article as Google’s main threat, takes a different, and arguably more misleading tactic with the same query. The first result finds you a “Shawn Carter” who is a lawyer, but he practices in Addison, TX. The second result is Jay-Z’s wikipedia page.

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Shawn Carter (Addison, Texas) Attorney Profile on SuperLawyers.com, practicing in Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights. Contact Lawyer Shawn … Shawn I. Carter: Link this … AZ Magazine …
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Born Shawn Corey Carter on December 4, 1970, in Brooklyn, NY; son of … Although his lawyers have advised him not to discuss the … T.I., Diddy, AZ

Yahoo flops in the same way on this query, returning the Texas lawyer and then a bunch of Jay-Z links.

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Ethic’s and the Ethical Lawyer. Shawn Carter, Humorist at Law, Arizona [Program ends for the day] Saturday, … Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter. FirstLantic. Florida Comfort Choice …
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Cuil, the much hyped-for-10-seconds Google killer, is a joke-of-an-incomprehensible-mess as expected with the query:

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‘Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter) demands that promoters provide him with ground transportation while he is in town performing. Carter’s dressing room (72 degrees, please) must be stocked with Sapporo beer, vodka, tequila, and two bottles of $300 Champagne.
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Cast: Kirby Heyborne, Shawn Carter, Tanner Mudrow, Nate Harper, Charlie Fratto, Taylor Moulton, Elijah Thomas, Parker Hadley, Curt Doussett, Starlee Holman, and Trent Krumenacher. “Scout Camp” is a coming-of-age comedy starring Shawn Carter (High School Musical 3) and Kirby Heyborne (Saints and Soldiers).

Pallbearers were Joseph Carter II, Russell Carter, Shawn Carter, Jamie Carter, Rick McCaslin and B.J. Newport. Carson Funeral Home in Missouri was in charge of arrangements. Billie Jo Carter, age 75, of Mansfield passed away Thursday, November 25, 2004 in a Fort Smith hospital. She was born June 30, 1929 at Tuttle, Oklahoma.
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Shawn Carter is the man! According to Nielsen SoundScan Jay-Z’s new album titled “American Gangster” has sold 425, 000 units in the U.S. last week becoming his 10th No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 chart.
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Meanwhile, Coldplay singer Chris Martin revealed he was devastated by some of the scathing reviews his album X&Y received in the US, while Jay-Z re-adopted his birthname Shawn Carter in a bid to leave his rapping past behind.

Meanwhile, Aaron Carter’s mother begged him to check into rehab to kick his drug problems.

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Roderick’s lawyer Portasha Moore said she will follow the judge’s order to seek mediation. If Game does not respond, Roderick’s lawyer will be allowed to pursue a default judgment in the case. According to the lawsuit, the rapper was playing for the City Hoops team Liteem-Up in a South Los Angeles location.
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Jay-Z Unplugged?

Seems like Young Hova aka Jay-Z is going to release an unplugged record! At least, and that’s for sure, Shawn Carter will appear on MTV’s “Unplugged” next month, and an album taken from the show he did on a recent concert will be dropped in mid-december, according to a Roc-A-Fell…
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Last year, career music biz and brand man Steve Stoute and rap entrepreneur Jay-Z, aka Shawn Carter, formed Translation Advertising, a New York firm that helps Corporate America advertise with a multicultural sensibility.

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