Posted April 28, 2008 1:25 pm by with 11 comments

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An Google vanity search launched a movie idea for a filmmaker named Jim Killeen. He searched Google on his name to see what came up. This was two years ago and Killeen’s life was feeling empty. He was 38 and single. So after taking interest in the other Jim Killeen’s of the world, he decided to contact them and make a movie about what he learned.

He put everything on the line to make documentary about his journey which is now showing on YouTube and called, “Google Me The Movie.” Killeen doesn’t say how much he spent traveling and filming the documentary, only that he almost went bankrupt doing it. Making money doesn’t seem to be the point anyway.

Google is part of the movie – it uses Google Earth and he got permission to use Google’s name. He even has footage of Google employees response to his movie in the film. But what he was really after is a connection with others. Google might give information but it’s actual human interaction that makes that information meaningful.

We may tell all on our personal blogs but in real life be lonely and that is news in our society. This story about revealing your personal life online, made the front page of The New York Times. Google Me’s story made the Washington Post.

Killeen’s journey was sort of like live blogging. He convinces seven other Jim Killeen’s to share personal details of their lives on camera. Then he flies them all to Texas for some male bonding.

Here are other films that center around successful tech companies:
Truth in Numbers. The Wikipedia Story (still in production)
24 Hours on Craigslist

Killeen has the perfect name for his idea – not too common or too obscure. It’s surprising the variety of people Killeen meets – from a priest (who has enough decorum to avoid questions about the type of underwear he wears) to a swinger (who is quite open about his lifestyle).

What have you found when you Google your name and what was your response. I’ve used it to remember my accomplishments and as a pick me up. There aren’t any other “Janet Meiners” that I know of. So I’m going to have to seek connections another way – like blogger lunches. Like Killeen I meet a lot of my new friends first online – then in real life.

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  • I enjoyed the Jim Killeen – Google Me The Movie It was interesting and entertaining. Seven Jim Killeens, connected yet each unique. I recently listened to Jim Cobb of Google Me Talk Radio interview Jim Killeen. It revealed intriguing thoughts on the making of Google Me The Movie…
    Ask John Raines – Google Me

  • Chris

    This was done years ago by someone in UK except not using Google. Using Google is just cheating. 🙂

    Dave Gorman

  • This seems like a bit of a ripoff of an enormously awesome Fringe-show-turned-BBC-special:

  • PS3

    I’m not sure if it is a rip-off and in any event, it was well worth a watch.

    Far better though, albeit in book form, is:

  • Hi Janet

    Great article on Jim Killeen,I have watched the movie and loved it.Also I listened to his interview on blog talk radio with Jim Cobb(google me talk radio show)What a guy he is a genuine person,you can go listen to the recording on my blog.Our team has did alot of articles about him
    Thanks Michael I Jackson

    michael I jackson’s last blog post..Google Me The movie

  • David

    yup, rip of Dave Gorman and his amazing show. That and GoogleWhack! 🙂

    YOu don’t get any miles per Dave Gorman in this movie. Trust me, if you have not seen it, check out Dave Gorman and his work, really really great!

  • I recently listened to Jim Cobb of Google Me Talk Radio interview Jim Killeen. It revealed intriguing thoughts on the making of Google Me The Movie, and enloyed it…..
    Gerald Franklin

    Gerald Franklin’s last blog post..Google Me Talk Radio Jim Killeen

  • Great Documentary… “Google Me” (the movie) was very well done by Jim Killeen. The only thing that I don’t like is… I wish I would have thought of this!
    Scott OBrien – Google Me

    Scott OBrien’s last blog post..Google Me the Movie Jim Killeen Talk Radio

  • I saw the movie a few days ago and it was great. It may have already been done but it was well worth the few minutes I put into watching it.

    Google Me was Great’s last blog post..Welcome

  • That is a terrific idea and it was well done!

    My problem is that I cannot even get to the top page of Google listings for “John Slaughter” because of my more famous predecessors: The real “Texas” John Slaughter, sherriff of Tombstone, and the Disney version of him.