Thursday, January 24, 2013

Was Morgan Freeman recommended to me because of my name?

So, yesterday I get a Google+ email with suggestions for people I should add to my circles.  I was a bit surprised to see Morgan Freeman listed first in the list.  I enjoy pretty much all of his movies and think he is a great actor, but I have the feeling that Google recommended him because we have the same last name.  Who knows what goes on in the secret sauce of the recomendation algorithm, but this one seems a bit off.  I have no idea who Brendan or Adriana are.

Perhaps Google could do something like Apple's Genius recommendations and at least give a hint as to why or how they think we are connected.

I wish Morgan Freeman were my uncle!
When living in Spain and telling people my last name, I always had to say (in Spanish) "you know, Freymann like Morgan Freymann." Sometimes I even was able to convince a few people that we were related and he was an uncle of mine (by marriage). I wish.

"I hope the pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope." - Red

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