Missing the point of comments

mathowie wrote up a bit on this post about a show called Overhaulin’. What’s remarkable is that the people leaving comments think that they are sending a message to the people from the TV show.

hi my name is mary langford,my husband and son have been fixing up this 87 bmw for 3yrs. i would assist overhaulin in stealing this car for a good makeover. this car looks the same as when he got it.please help mary langford,april 28

He speculates that people are typing something into Google and expecting the magic of the Internet to take them to the right place. While it speaks highly of Google’s technology and brand, it also speaks poorly of people’s reading comprehension skills.
This is something I’m actually familiar with, because searching for “Tony Hawks email address” lists this post from last August in the number two slot. The best part is that the post in question links to a site where a comedian named Tony Hawks responds to emails he gets for pro skater Tony Hawk. I’m getting mistaken comments from people who really just want to send mistaken emails.
As recently as yesterday I’ve gotten comments from people who want to get in touch with the skater, with whom I have no pre-existing relationship aside from the royalty checks he gets from me buying his game.
I’m not alone either, the number 3 result is getting these too, including a 10 year old who posted on my site. Where are this kid’s parents, do they have any problem with their 10 year old putting his contact information on any website he comes across?

8 thoughts on “Missing the point of comments

  1. Not exactly blog comments, but the same phenomenon within a message board…. http://www.wordlab.com/chat/thread.cfm?threadid=5278&messages=84#52089 is something I stumbled on a while back – a very funny thread where posters start off making up parodical Lifetime Channel movie titles. At some point, other posters arrive and use the forum to place their requests for rebroadcasts of their faves. They seem to think Lifetime is seeing their postings, and seem completely ignorant of the agressively sarcastic postings before theirs.

  2. I have the same name as a minor television celebrity. Every google search result but the first leads to something about the other J.D. Roth. The first google search result leads to me.
    I get lots of fan mail from pre-teen girls, but it doesn’t really make a lot of sense. I’d like to think my web site was exciting their passion, but I just don’t think it’s so… :/

  3. By far the largest google traffic generator on commonmonkeyflower.net is a page in my wiki which people would get when they typed “benaffleck” into google. Since I hacked php wiki to put an “append comment” box on the end of the wiki page for my friends who were too damn lazy to learn wiki, I got hundreds and hundreds of comments from people who thought I was Ben Affleck, or thought that Ben Affleck read the page.
    Eventually I got bored and deleted the page.

  4. Dear Maury,
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    thank you sincerly,
    Elizabeth

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