Better PR than Jesus

I thought I’d ask Wikipedia and Google which individuals they think are really famous. There are about 400,000 biographies on Wikipedia; I used Thomas Lotze’s googlepagerank Python script to find which of these had the highest score on Google Toolbar ‘s PageRank – a number between 0 and 10, allegedly measuring the importance of the page as Google sees it. 99.9% of Wikipedia bios scored less than 7. Only a single individual, whom I haven’t listed, scored 8. Which leaves the following list of those who, like Jesus, scored 7:
50 Cent, Hank Aaron, Mahmoud Abbas, Douglas Adams, John Adams, Spiro Agnew, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Anwar Al Sadat, Alexander the Great, Muhammad Ali, Marc Andreessen, Kofi Annan, Anne of Great Britain, Beryl Anthony, Jr., Antoninus Pius, Thomas Aquinas, Yasser Arafat, Aristotle, John Ashcroft, Isaac Asimov, Augustine of Hippo, Augustus, Marcus Aurelius, Charles Babbage, Johann Sebastian Bach, Michelle Bachelet, Francis Bacon, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Steve Ballmer, John Bardeen, John Perry Barlow, Andy Bechtolsheim, Ludwig van Beethoven, Menachem Begin, Alexander Graham Bell, Pope Benedict XVI, Thomas Benolt, Jeremy Bentham, Silvio Berlusconi, George Bernard Shaw, Tim Berners-Lee, Osama bin Laden, Conrad Black, Tony Blair, Cherie Blair, Niels Bohr, Bono, Max Born, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, David Bowie, Johannes Brahms, Marlon Brando, Tim Bray, Sergey Brin, Gordon Brown, James Brown, Gautama Buddha, Warren Buffett, James Burke (science historian), George H. W. Bush, Vannevar Bush, Rogers Cadenhead, John Calvin, Andrew Carnegie, Lewis Carroll, Jimmy Carter, Fidel Castro, Vint Cerf, Charlie Chaplin, Charlemagne, Charles I of England, Charles II of England, Charles, Prince of Wales, Hugo Ch%C3%A1vez, Dick Cheney, Chiang Kai-shek, Jacques Chirac, Noam Chomsky, Jean Chrétien, Marigold Churchill, Winston Churchill, Cicero, Eric Clapton, Wesley Clark, Arthur C. Clarke, Grover Cleveland, Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Christopher Columbus, James Cook, Calvin Coolidge, Oliver Cromwell, Tom Cruise, Mark Cuban, Ward Cunningham, Marie Curie, Adam Curry, Leonardo da Vinci, Loïc Dachary, John Dalton, Charles Darwin, Richard Dawkins, Charles de Gaulle, Jean Charles de Menezes, Howard Dean, Tom DeLay, Deng Xiaoping, Jacques Derrida, René Descartes, John Dewey, Charles Dickens, Edsger Dijkstra, Walt Disney, Karl Dönitz, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Bob Dylan, Thomas Edison, Edward VII of the United Kingdom, John Edwards, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Elizabeth I of England, Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, Duke Ellington, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Eminem, Douglas Engelbart, Paul Erdős, Leonhard Euler, Roger Federer, Enrico Fermi, Richard Feynman, Brad Fitzpatrick, Gerald Ford, Henry Ford, Michel Foucault, Francisco Franco, Benjamin Franklin, Sigmund Freud, Milton Friedman, Alberto Fujimori, Galileo Galilei, Mahatma Gandhi, Bill Gates, Carl Friedrich Gauss, George II of Great Britain, George III of the United Kingdom, George V of the United Kingdom, Philip Glass, Kurt Gödel, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Barry Goldwater, Mikhail Gorbachev, Al Gore, Ulysses S. Grant, Che Guevara, Alexander Hamilton, Stephen Harper, Stephen Hawking, Martin Heidegger, Robert A. Heinlein, Werner Heisenberg, Ernest Hemingway, Jimi Hendrix, Henry VIII of England, Heraclitus, Herodotus, Adolf Hitler, Thomas Hobbes, Cyril Holland, Herbert Hoover, John Howard, Hu Jintao, Edwin Hubble, David Hume, Joi Ito, Andrew Jackson, Michael Jackson, William James, James I of England, James II of England, Thomas Jefferson, Jesus, Steve Jobs, Elton John, Pope John Paul II, Andrew Johnson, Donald McIntosh Johnson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Samuel Johnson, Bill Joy, James Joyce, Julius Caesar, Carl Jung, Tanya Kach, Immanuel Kant, Alan Kay, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Jack Kerouac, John Kerry, Ruhollah Khomeini, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rudyard Kipling, Henry Kissinger, Donald Knuth, Junichiro Koizumi, Nikita Khrushchev, Stanley Kubrick, Hersey Kyota, Antoine Lavoisier, Ang Lee, Robert E. Lee, Gottfried Leibniz, Vladimir Lenin, John Lennon, Lawrence Lessig, C. S. Lewis, Lewis Libby, Rush Limbaugh, Rush Limbaugh, Sr., Abraham Lincoln, Carolus Linnaeus, John Locke, Jack London, Trent Lott, Louis XIV of France, Thomas Lubanga, George Lucas, Martin Luther, Douglas MacArthur, John A. Macdonald, Harold Macmillan, James Madison, Madonna (entertainer), Mahathir bin Mohamad, Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, Mao Zedong, Guglielmo Marconi, Bob Marley, George Marshall, Paul Martin, Karl Marx, Abraham Maslow, Henri Matisse, James Clerk Maxwell, John McCain, John McCarthy (computer scientist), Paul McCartney, William McKinley, Marshall McLuhan, Astrid Menks, Angela Merkel, Michelangelo, John Stuart Mill, Slobodan Milošević, John Milton, James Monroe, Jim Morrison, John Mortimer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Muhammad, Rupert Murdoch, Pervez Musharraf, Benito Mussolini, Napoleon I of France, Ted Nelson, John von Neumann, Isaac Newton, Brian Nichols, Jakob Nielsen (usability consultant), Friedrich Nietzsche, Richard Nixon, Kristen Nygaard, Barack Obama, Ehud Olmert, Tim O’Reilly, George Orwell, José Padilla (prisoner), Rosa Parks, Blaise Pascal, Paul the Apostle, Linus Pauling, Nancy Pelosi, Robert E. Petersen, Lionel Phillips, Pablo Picasso, Augusto Pinochet, Max Planck, Plato, Karl Popper, Colin Powell, Elvis Presley, Ptolemy, Vladimir Putin, Yitzhak Rabin, Ayn Rand, Ronald Reagan, Condoleezza Rice, Paul Robeson, John D. Rockefeller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Donald Rumsfeld, Bertrand Russell, Ernest Rutherford, Saddam Hussein, Carl Sagan, Larry Sanger, George Santayana, Jean-Paul Sartre, Eric E. Schmidt, Arthur Schopenhauer, Erwin Schrödinger, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Albert Schweitzer, Robert Scoble, William Ansah Sessarakoo, William Shakespeare, Adi Shamir, Ariel Sharon, Al Sharpton, Herbert Simon, Frank Sinatra, Adam Smith, Socrates, George Soros, Britney Spears, Steven Spielberg, Baruch Spinoza, Joseph Stalin, Richard Stallman, John Steinbeck, Neal Stephenson, Igor Stravinsky, James Surowiecki, William Howard Taft, Rabindranath Tagore, Charles Taylor (Liberia), Edward Teller, Mother Teresa, Nikola Tesla, Margaret Thatcher, Hunter S. Thompson, Thucydides, Strom Thurmond, Lor Tok, J. R. R. Tolkien, Leo Tolstoy, Linus Torvalds, Jack Tramiel, Mena Grabowski Trott, Harry S. Truman, Alan Turing, Mark Twain, Mordechai Vanunu, Victoria of the United Kingdom, Voltaire, Richard Wagner, Jimmy Wales, Andy Warhol, George Washington, George Washington (inventor), Max Weber, John Wesley, Oscar Wilde, William III of England, Serena Williams, Woodrow Wilson, Dave Winer, Oprah Winfrey, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Steve Wozniak, W. B. Yeats, Boris Yeltsin, Muhammad Yunus, Frank Zappa, Jeffrey Zeldman

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7 Responses to “Better PR than Jesus”

  1. Steve Says:

    So who scores 8? Is it perhaps George W. Bush?

  2. 01factory Says:

    You guessed it, Steve. Not quite sure he’d be happy with how he spent all that political capital he talked of, but he still holds his PageRank. No doubt when the time comes he can “replenish the ol’ coffers” by spending that.

  3. Steve Says:

    It’s quite interesting that no wikibio has pagerank of 9 or 10. Is this a slur on its authority?

  4. 01factory Says:

    Well, the wikipedia homepage has pagerank 10, so I think it’s more a bio-limitation than a wiki-limitation. Incidentally, a few of the pages listed above – particularly those relating to computer science – are pretty short and uninformative. Google takes bloggers seriously, bloggers are prone to talk about techie things, and the quickest way for a blogger simply to identify who they’re talking about is with a link. So the page need not be informative to act in this way as a name authority, and get a high pagerank. (Where the page has changed since the crawl used by Google to calculate pagerank, it may even be utterly useless: the wikibio of Tanya Kusch was deleted in early July 2007, and now redirects without any explicit explanation to Kidnapping).

  5. murblja Says:

    Nice.

  6. 01factory Says:

    At last this sort of data is being made widely available

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