• Mark Devenport
  • 27 Apr 07, 09:55 AM

The Belfast Telegraph has introduced me to the concept of a Googleganger, by noting in their Insider column that if you put my name into the search engine, the first result is, apparently, the writer, director and star of a film called "Why I Hate Parties (But Pretend to Love Them). Insider notes that this is probably my job description. Since I didn't plant the story, one thing I wonder is why they were Googling me in the first place?

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  • 1.
  • At 05:41 PM on 27 Apr 2007,
  • John Miner wrote:

I played this game with my staff recently. I put their names in Google to see who they "really" were and see how they matched them up.

We had (among others) a pro-democracy campaigner, the national drug strategy manager for the health service executive, a 13 year-old shot putter and a porn star.

Due to bebo, 3 of them were themselves.

As to why the tele were googling you, they must have been bored. That's how I came up with the game.

  • 2.
  • At 05:48 PM on 27 Apr 2007,
  • Poptart wrote:

I don't think thats right, I just googled your name and lots of BBC related links from stories you have written came up. Are the Bel Tel now making up stories?!

  • 3.
  • At 10:05 AM on 28 Apr 2007,
  • Frank Moore wrote:


Don’t believe everything you read in the Belfast Telegraph! How could you trust a newspaper that uses exploited immigrant workers to sell its product at busy road junctions.


  • 4.
  • At 01:16 PM on 27 May 2007,
  • Mark Devenport wrote:

To Mark Devenport

Hello my name is Mark Devenport, writer director and actor of said short film, 'why I hate parties'(But pretend to love them)

Whenever I put my name into goolge (if I'm VERY bored, like I am now) I always find reams of stuff relating my namesake to political news coverage in Northern Ireland, so I know exactly how you feel.

Take care,


P.s The film is available on DVD as part of the extras on Chris Cookes' 'One for the Road' which I acted in. It's a little childish and purile in places so it might not be your cup of tea.

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