One of the strangest things I have ever seen

If you go to google images and type the word “children,” the first image that comes up is this picture of my kids.

(I don’t routinely type the word “children” into google images…I only discovered this when a woman who works for Sesame Street e-mailed me asking if she could use the picture for a project she is doing.)


chimp

At first I thought it might be google's personalization, but the result is the same for me. That IS kind of amazing.

jamie

This isn't really that strange for 2 reasons:
1) The site where it's located has a very high Google "Page Rank", which means Google thinks your site is important. That page has a score of 6/10 and for perspective freakonomics.com is 7/10. This is probably caused by a lot of people linking into it.
2) You named the page where it's located (http://pricetheory.uchicago.edu/levitt/Children.html) and the image file itself "children" and there's really not a ton of pages or pictures out there with that exact name.

It is a little disconcerting, though.

pkimelma

Yes, be aware that naming a picture provides Google a lot of information. So, calling it "children.jpg" allows Google to rank it highly for that keyword.

JustinMcH

It's also a great picture for anyone wanting a picture of children. You couldn't pose kids any better than that.

Espen

I've had a similar experience: My then 10-year old daughter came home from school about a year ago, wondering why my picture came up when someone in her class had searched for "umulig" ("impossible" in Norwegian). (It turned out that I had been pictured in a newspaper talking about how a law prohibiting breaking of DRM would be impossible to enforce.)

My daughter was nevertheless delighted that her main characterization of her dad was confirmed by Google Images....

Taed

A friend of ours called up all freaked out a few months ago. She did a Google search on my son's name (which is globally-unique since he (like me) has an invented first name and an invented last name), and found the standard links to our web stuff. However, there were also 2 links to sites about "penis enhancements". She was freaked that somehow child porn people were targeting my son or the like. Well, I looked at those questionable pages, and they were just filled with random links, surely for purposes of defeating filters or spam guards, and one of them just happened to link to a picture of my son.

Frisky070802

I got mail maybe 7 years ago from someone asking about my daughter, claiming to have found her picture on my site after asking a search engine for pictures of kids. I password-protected family pictures the same day. The person who contacted me claimed to be a kid her(sic)self, which was even more unusual in those days, and slightly unbelievable.

But yeah, I can see how you'd be freaked (no pun intended). Jamie has it dead-on, though. Rename your photo :)

dan

what a cute buncha kids.

trai_dep

Awwwwwwwww.

I'm a single guy, hung over, drinking only my first cup of coffee and still: awwwwwwwwwwwww.

Sweet kids. Dip 'em in amber QUICK - before they learn the words, "car keys", "beer pong" or "thong"!

trai_dep

Oh, leave the picture. Don't fall for the paranoidic cries to remove it. It brought a smile to my face - even in my condition - and it would be mean to deprive the world of that. :)

no way out

I wonder who posted it?

Frisky070802

You wonder who posted what? The picture (Steven Levitt)? The paranoidic cry to remove it (me)? Something else?

Actually, I never said this picture should be removed, and the damage is probably done. But I did decide to protect my own. To each his own.

ariellem

Very cute picture :->

The above are reasonable conjectures; I propose another:

Someone at Google really likes Freakonomics, found the pic of your kids, and artificially boosted its rank.

chimp

At first I thought it might be google's personalization, but the result is the same for me. That IS kind of amazing.

jamie

This isn't really that strange for 2 reasons:
1) The site where it's located has a very high Google "Page Rank", which means Google thinks your site is important. That page has a score of 6/10 and for perspective freakonomics.com is 7/10. This is probably caused by a lot of people linking into it.
2) You named the page where it's located (http://pricetheory.uchicago.edu/levitt/Children.html) and the image file itself "children" and there's really not a ton of pages or pictures out there with that exact name.

It is a little disconcerting, though.

pkimelma

Yes, be aware that naming a picture provides Google a lot of information. So, calling it "children.jpg" allows Google to rank it highly for that keyword.

JustinMcH

It's also a great picture for anyone wanting a picture of children. You couldn't pose kids any better than that.

Espen

I've had a similar experience: My then 10-year old daughter came home from school about a year ago, wondering why my picture came up when someone in her class had searched for "umulig" ("impossible" in Norwegian). (It turned out that I had been pictured in a newspaper talking about how a law prohibiting breaking of DRM would be impossible to enforce.)

My daughter was nevertheless delighted that her main characterization of her dad was confirmed by Google Images....

Taed

A friend of ours called up all freaked out a few months ago. She did a Google search on my son's name (which is globally-unique since he (like me) has an invented first name and an invented last name), and found the standard links to our web stuff. However, there were also 2 links to sites about "penis enhancements". She was freaked that somehow child porn people were targeting my son or the like. Well, I looked at those questionable pages, and they were just filled with random links, surely for purposes of defeating filters or spam guards, and one of them just happened to link to a picture of my son.

Frisky070802

I got mail maybe 7 years ago from someone asking about my daughter, claiming to have found her picture on my site after asking a search engine for pictures of kids. I password-protected family pictures the same day. The person who contacted me claimed to be a kid her(sic)self, which was even more unusual in those days, and slightly unbelievable.

But yeah, I can see how you'd be freaked (no pun intended). Jamie has it dead-on, though. Rename your photo :)