This is why you don’t mess with someone who knows SEO (Search Engine Optimization). It seems a fine, young man named Jack Weppler dumped his girlfriend without realizing quite how Google-savvy she was.
The angry, scorned girl in question then took a professional photo of poor Jack and ran it through memgenerator.net, oh I don’t know, a few dozen times.
The result? She spammed Google’s Image Search with several dozen photos of Weppler, all with meme text superimposed that is not too flattering, thus turning Jack Weppler into a meme.
You can see the results below or via Google Image Search here.
The boy’s mother has posted on Google’s “help” forum, asking them to remove the offending images from their search results.
My minor son’s ex-girlfriend took a copyrighted picture of him (we own copyright) and uploaded it more than 60 times to a website. On each image she wrote slanderous, defamatory and pornographic captions. The webmaster of the site states he removed the images 6 weeks ago, but Google Search still shows all the images. My son is so stressed out and embarrassed and we’ve done everything we can to get images off of Google including URL removal tool, a letter to Google Legal with all the URLs because of copyright infringement, and nothing has worked!
I really feel badly for this poor guy. As a former SEO myself, I know that it is quite easy for people with bad intentions to “game” the search engines and get revenge on pretty much anyone these days. Really, once you become a meme, there’s nothing you can do to stop its propagation around the internet.
As the general public becomes more and more aware of search engines and how they work, Google, Yahoo, and Bing are really going to have to step up their games and make sure people can’t ruin someone just by Google-bombing them.
- Ex-Girlfriend Gets Revenge by Turning Boyfriend Into a Meme [The Internet] (gawker.com)
- Girlfriend Gets Revenge On Ex Using Google (huffingtonpost.com)
- Payback: Upset Ex-Girlfriend Spams Boyfriend In Google Images (seroundtable.com)