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"How Famous Are You?" Website

This week you're at around the 40 millionth most fameulous person on Earth, one place above the drummer for the 1960s band Iron Butterfly and one below the guy who invented the door stop.
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Webpage using internet stuff to see how you compare on the fame chart that week.

You could use complicated search algorithms or just make stuff up.

doctorremulac3, Nov 28 2019


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       This would sell.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 28 2019
  

       But... how to make it work? I mean, if I search my realworld name, it comes up with - oh, hang on, it comes up with Me (which is a nice surprise). But it also comes up with an Australian-rules football player.   

       If I happened to have been born "Clive James", any fame of my own would be completely overshadowed by that of The Real Clive James.   

       In other words, how would you algorithmically distinguish people who share the same name?   

       Maybe it's time for all humans to be given UHIs (unique human identifiers) at birth, and for all information on them to be tagged with that UHI. Your UHI could be a random 20- character alphanumeric string (very unlikely to be shared by anyone else), or it could be a centrally-generated serial number (guaranteed to be unique).
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 28 2019
  

       I'm sure China's working on that. I've purchased those DNA ancestory kits so my actual genetic makeup information is sitting in a server somewhere "owned" by a company and no doubt completely for sale.   

       As far as the idea, Facebook or any of the social media networks could probably do something with this.   

       You'd have to specify that you couldn't raise your rank by committing crimes though.
doctorremulac3, Nov 28 2019
  

       I'm trying to express less ego, not more. But I'm drawn to this just for the numbers.
blissmiss, Nov 29 2019
  

       As far as metrics, the easiest is how many times your name is searched, but of course as Max said, they might be looking for Bob Jones the tap dancer, not Bob Jones the boxer.   

       Also most famous among which group? Voltaire the French philosopher or Voltaire the rapper would cause the people putting this together to get a headache.   

       Hmm. Voltaire. That's a cool rapper name. Dibs.
doctorremulac3, Nov 29 2019
  

       Voltaire totally rocks...   

       Why on Earth would anyone "want" to be famous?   

       Seriously.
I've always wondered.
I've been completely anonymous my entire life but seventeen days in the Philippines where there was no direction I could look without seeing somebody else meet my eyes set my stage fright off something fierce.
  

       They have incredibly strict laws about smoking over there and although I smoke moderately... I still had to learn how to be invisible all over again like when I was a kid and walk between-the-looking to have a smoke without either they, (my wife and her folks)... or any of the other 109,000,000 inhabitants noticing.
That shit's not easy folks... just sayin.
  

       Smoking pot however has no physical withdrawal whatsoever which is a very good thing when visiting a foreign country with different laws or I'd have been totally screwed long before now.
Nicotine on the other hand... not so much. Vile stuff.
Just so you know.
  

       I also am Max, but more famous than the other Max.
xenzag, Nov 29 2019
  

       I guess the real question we all could ask is: Am I the most famous me?
doctorremulac3, Nov 29 2019
  

       I'm really 8th. Ha and you all thought I was sweet and loved cats. hahaha Kaaaabooommm there goes your world. Hahaha
blissmiss, Nov 29 2019
  

       //Am I the most famous me?// Yes, but then Sturton would win hands down over me.
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 29 2019
  

       <Obligatory movie quote>   

       "I am Spartacus !"   

       </Obligatory movie quote>
8th of 7, Nov 29 2019
  

       I'd like to see the modern version of that where Spartacus begins to stand up and everybody points to him and says "There he is, that's Spartacus! He made us do it!".   

       Or they could stand up one by one, point and say "HE'S SPARTACUS!".
doctorremulac3, Nov 29 2019
  

       //I'm really 8th.// In that case, [bliss], could we ask for the return of our second-best potted fern irrigator, and perhaps also the bath taps from the north-east guest suite?
MaxwellBuchanan, Nov 29 2019
  

       ... said Maxwell "I only wanted one as a souvenir" Buchanan, looking round at his brother Sturton, he of the suspiciously bulging pockets and ever-busy folding bicycle-repair multitool, and The Intercalary, a name synonymous with petty pilfering wherever groups of disconsolate insurance underwriters gather together to drown their sorrows ...
8th of 7, Nov 29 2019
  


 

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