Hi, my name is Paul.
People always ask me why I chose Googlmans as my username.
I usually have to start with responses like;
No, I don't currently or ever have worked at Google.
No, it is not my real name.
No, I didn't mispell it.
The reason I am using that username goes back many years.
Way back to when most people never even heard or knew about Google.
It's hard to believe today that there was ever a time when Google wasn't part of every day conversations.
Indeed, there was a time when people didn't know much about Google, guess I'm dating myself a little here.
Except I had already knew about and was using it as my main search engine.
Others were using search engines like Ask Jeeves, Altavista, and Webcrawler to name a few.
As you may be aware, the results for queries at that time, with those other search engines didn't provide such user friendly results we all know today.
When people at my work wanted to find information using the other search engines they were provided results that were not helpful.
Except, I would be using Google and slowly word got around that I knew all the answers.
I showed them Google but they still didn't seem to know how to write the query to ensure they get the proper results, even with Google at the beginning anyway.
So they would still come to me as they knew I could type in the proper query string to get real answers.
We don't have that problem anymore. Now you just have to thinl about what you want to ask and Google already has the results.
Seeing that my last name ends in "mans" someone called me "Googlemans".
It didn't take long that everyone was calling Googlemans and it was actually easier for people to pronounce that name instead of my real "Heuvelmans" name so I was ok with it.
At least they were able to pornouce that name easier. ;)
Hahaha...I laugh everytime I think of this, the reason I took the "e" out of the name is because I had created a GMail email account with "Googlemans" as user name.
Somehow, I forgot the sign-in information and wasn't on my own computer so I just created a new one with Googlmans and just staid with it spelled that way.
When I tried to recreate or get the information for the Googlemans account it was telling me it was already taken.
So that is why Googlmans has become my username.
Do you have an interesting story why you chose your username?
If you do, please put them in the comments. I would love to hear about them.