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Googlegänger

I came across a new word this week in the newsmagazine Newsweek:

Googlegänger = another person with your name, whose search results are mixed with yours when you “google” yourself, or search for information about yourself on the Internet.

This new term comes from the German word “doppelgänger,” which is a double or another version of a person.

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My googlegänger: A Chinese opera singer in San Francisco!

~ Lucy

5 Responses to “Googlegänger”

  1. Miguel Says:

    ESLPODCAST TEAM:
    These days we have been receiving bad news from Southern California (L.A., San Diego, Malibu…). An inferno is burning enormous areas of houses and woodland. We are waiting for a quick end of this disaster.
    We desire the best for all the people affected for the fire.
    MAS

  2. Welington Says:

    The other day I found out thar my name and surname, both together, are a carpet brand in England. And I’m From Brazil. It’s bizarre!

  3. Andrea Says:

    Unluckily, I have many Googlegängers…
    The most famous is an Italian painter who was born in 1695…

  4. Martin Says:

    Although German is my native language, I didn’t know this word “Googlegänger”. Even more interesting is, that they chose in spite of the exotic umlaut in it. :-)

  5. Mikhail Yakupov Says:

    Yesterday I read this story http://www.radaronline.com/from-the-magazine/2007/09/google_fiction_evil_dangerous_surveillance_control_1.php. So we can satisfy that one famous company give us not only new words. Scroogled. Is it new word or secondary?