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January 21, 2007

POP QUIZ: Who said what and who tagged who in that meme?

Filed under: Pop Quiz,search engine marketing — David Temple @ 6:00 pm

Put everything down and get out your number 2 pencils and a clean sheet of paper. It’s your first pop quiz of the year. Memes come and memes go but before we meme ourselves into submission let’s see if anyone was paying attention to any of the previous ones. 

Update: The person with the most correct guesses will win a sponsorship on the China Search Marketing Tour, event partner of Search Engine Strategies.  For every person you match to what they said or who they tagged first, you get a point. So get guessing and pay attention to those memes! If you want to write your own questions about a meme on your blog then this would be a metameme.

A meme, in case you don’t know,  is “a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation” as defined by Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene (1976).  Richard was a zoologist and evolutionary scientist by the way. And no, that’s not a typo, it was indeed thirty years ago. I haven’t heard the word meme mentioned much since then but it’s all meme all the time on the blogosphere.

Now I’m not a meme-theorists by any means and I don’t understand “variation, mutation, competition, and “inheritance” nor how they “influence their replicative success”.  But  I do know memes flourish in the social media world and memes are here to stay. You can put it down to what those meme theorists call, memetic copying which means “to copy behaviour from observing other humans”.  Other species that can memetic copy besides us humans, are chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, dolphins and birds. Memetic copying in birds for example is when the young bird learns to sing from their parents.

The best description I found was by Susan Blackmore in this interview in response to the question about the life cycle of a meme.

Denis Failly – “How birth and spread of the ideas, are there any specific emerging conditions for a Meme, a kind of life cycle ?”

Susan Blackmore – “Any meme that can get copied will get copied. So the world is full of the successful memes – the rest having simply died away. There are countless ways in which memes can emerge. Every time you speak a new sentence that is a potential meme that might, or might not, get passed on. Your brain is a vast melting pot for memes and can easily put together old memes in new combinations to make new ones. This means that there is constantly a creative evolutionary process going on inside your head and between you and the people you communicate with. 

Some memes have long life-cycles. Plato’s Republic is a memeplex (group of memes that get passed on together) that first emerged thousands of years ago, was widely circulated, then nearly died out, and was later revived many times. Then it was translated into different languages and spread all over the world by modern technological meme machines.Other memes have short life cycles. A piece of gossip you heard and passed on to your neighbour may go no further and simply die out there.”

This pop quiz is about the meme “5 things you didn’t know about me”. Were you paying attention? I do know  Solo SEO was paying attention, just look at their The Blog Tag Tree. Nice job guys, you really took it to another level. 

If you were paying attention, what did you learn? This is not an open internet quiz by the way, you know, like an open book quiz. See how many you can get right without looking them up.  Just match the name to what they said and who they tagged and leave it in the comments. Example; Andy Beal 1b or Lisa Barone 5e.  

You’ll also notice there are more names than there are statements or list of who they tagged. Only the names that have both a statement and list of people they tagged are correct. You didn’t think this was going to be easy did you?

Chris Winfield  –  Andy Beal   –   Amanda Watlington   –   Danny Sullivan  –  Kim Krause Berg    –    Ian McAnerin 

 *Lisa Barone    –    Todd Malicoat    –    Rand Fishkin    –    Chris Hooley    –     Jarrod Hunt    –    Bill Slawski    – Lee Odden

Matt Cutts   –  *Dazzlin’ Donna Fontenot    –    Eric Enge – Jonathan Mendez    –    Joe Dolson –  Li Evans    –    Matt McGee    Jill Whalen

Who said what?

1. I’ve had conversations with Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Not at the same time though…

2. Most people would never know I worked for several years for oil company lobbyists, as well as several Republican lobbying firms, plus the PA Dept. of Treasury

3. I’ve recently gotten very good at Ping Pong, although I’m nowhere close to as good as these guys.

4. When I worked at the Superior Court of Delaware, I once helped rescue a Capitol Police Officer and a County Sheriff from an escaping felon.
Bill Slawski correctly guessed on 1-21 by Keri Morgret

5. When I think of my little brother, my eyes well up. He goes to college in Pennsylvania and I only get to see him during Christmas. He’s my heart.

6. I think ichthyosaurs are pretty cool and discovered that domain name hadn’t been registered several years ago. Danny Sullivan  correctly guessed on 1-21 by Jill Whalen

7. I’ve been asked to STOP singing Karoke in no less than 5 countries so far (Canada, US, China, Japan and Korea).

8. Dachshunds are the coolest dogs in the world!

9.  My favorite sport is football – especially LSU football. In my family, we were raised from birth to be LSU footballs fans.

10. I played intramural football at the Univ. of WA my senior year and was team captain.

11.  I started my career as a hardware engineer, designing PC Boards for Loran C Transmitters (the navigation systems everyone used before GPS).

12.On a restless note — I love to drive. One summer I actually drove by myself from Seattle to Northern California, then on to Michigan and then back via the Dakotas to Seattle.

13.  I collect anything to do with pirates, I have for nearly 15 years now.

14. I own a set of turntables that I mix and scratch hip-hop and breakbeat music on just for fun (sample). “stuntdubl” was my “basement dj name” for music long before it was my online seo alter ego.

15. In 1999 I produced and directed the feature length documentary film “Tramps Like Us, The Music and Meaning of Bruce Springsteen”.

Who did they tag?

a. Ben Wills, Robert Scoble, Shoemoney (cos I know nothing about him), Neil Patel and Jeremy Zawodny.

b.Marc Macalua, , Stephan SpencerDr. E. Garcia, Cindy Turrietta or Brooke Schumacher

c. Kim Krause, David Temple, Karl Ribas, Matt McGee and Li Evans.

d. Cameron, Neil and Rand have all been tagged already. I don’t see that SEOFangirl has been though.  Neither has Rebecca from SEOmoz.  I dont know if Rand is going to let Rebecca post a tag reply though, considering how much they are working on trying to reduce the noise, but she is definitely one of my favorite writers.

e.I would like to tag the following to add to the Wolf Clan line. Sophie Wegat, Barry Welford, Darren Moloney (Daz), Tamar and Chris and Dazzlin’ Donna Fontenot.

f. Here are the five people I’m tagging: Keri Mogret, Melanie Phung, Eric Hebert, John Mueller, and Tomy Lorsch.
Bill Slawski correctly guessed on 1-21 by Keri Morgret

g. Gary PriceMara Calishain  (who is a way, so maybe when she gets back and all’s better) Avi RappaportPhil Bradley, Greg Notess

h. Yeah, Lisa, I’m dying to know what the asterisks mean as well! And Kim, I also saw that sentence in mybloglog stats yesterday, and was asking people why in the world someone would search for that. Now I know why, and I feel so much better!

i. Tagged no one

j. Hmmm – time to tag. How about Tamarof 10e20 (Techipedia is her personal blog), Greg of GoodROI, Brian of Copyblogger, TallTroll and incrediBILL. Not sure which of those have been “tagged” already or want to participate but I would be interested to see each of their responses.

k. Now here are some folks I’ve tagged that I want to know more about:Lisa Williams, Jeff MolanderSam Harrelson ,  Rick Klau, Sam Decker.

l. OK now to tag 5 others:  David Wallace, Eric Enge, Debra Mastaler, Joe Dolson and since no one tagged him yet – Danny Sullivan, however if I missed that someone has, I’ll tag my fellow Eagles fan, Aussie Webmaster.

 m. So my attempts to tag some people: Michael Jensen, author of the blog tag tree, Philipp Lenssen, of Google Blogoscoped, David Temple, of SEO SEM Training & Certification, Vanessa Fox, of Google Webmaster Central, and that’s about all I can think of right now …

n. I’m going to make this a little difficult and tag: Jim Boykin, Greg Boser, Todd Friesen, Aaron Wall, and see if we can get Matt Cutts to admit he was like James Bond at the NSA
Added: After digging around on some sites – three of my tags have already been tagged, so I’d like to call out Cameron, Jarrod, and Mike.

o. My blog tags are Rand Fishkin, Barry Schwartz, Marshall Sponder, Matthew Roche and Bill

Put your answers in the comments and I’ll produce the answer sheet by Jan 30th and determine who got the most correct answers.  

Bonus question 1, what does the * next to two of the names mean?

Bonus question 2, who said “I don’t own a TV (and no, I only have 2 kids, and yes, they do moan about the lack from time to time!)” and tagged  “Being new to the blogging game, I’m not sure how many of bloggers I know or read will be up to this, but in case you are… James Enck,  Ian Hay,  Henk Kleynhans, Mike Stopforth, Avinash Kaushik  … you’re “it”! Hint: His name is not on the list at the top but is first on another list). –  Technorati –  BlinkList –  Digg –  Google –  StumbleUpon –  Add to My Yahoo



  1. Don’t now who most of them are, besides the easy “ichthyosaurs” one! 😉 but here’s a hint, none of them are me! 🙂

    Comment by Jill Whalen — January 21, 2007 @ 11:24 pm | Reply

  2. Nice write up David! Memes are very interesting, and it was neat to get stuck in the middle of it with everyone linking to SoloSEO because of our blog tag tree. Nice blog you have here, keep it up!

    Comment by Michael Jensen — January 22, 2007 @ 4:04 am | Reply

  3. Thanks Micheal, glad you came by. You guys definitely get it and it’s good to see some imagination and execution in the seo world. You guys keep at it and then I’ll have plenty to write about.

    Comment by semcertification — January 22, 2007 @ 5:12 am | Reply

  4. Thanks for the hint Jill, This is hard! I think people will have to click on the names up top to get any idea. If they’ve read this far I don’t think it matters. I don’t know what type of dinosaur ichthyosaurs are but they do sound cool. When I went to school there were only about 5 or 6 dinosaurs, now there are thousands.

    Comment by semcertification — January 22, 2007 @ 6:59 pm | Reply

  5. David,
    WOW – alot of work went into that post. I like coming to your blog – you have a great mix of creativity and useful information. Thank you!

    Comment by Patrick Schaber — January 22, 2007 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  6. I believe Bill Slawski said number 4, and I know he tagged F, since I was one of the five.
    Thanks for the fun post!

    Comment by morgretdesigns — January 22, 2007 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

  7. Good one Jill, thanks for getting it started with the Danny Sullivan guess. morgretdesigns also pitched in with two on Bill Slawski. Score Jill Whalen 1 – Keri Mogret 2, the rest of us “0”, goose egg, nada. Who dares to try?

    Comment by semcertification — January 22, 2007 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

  8. Ok, David, at first I was going to move on, but I couldn’t resist spending some time in the MIDDLE of the day going through those old posts – something I promised myself I would do. I’m going to end this contest now! Here you go bud:

    Chris Winfield 1j
    Andy Beal 8a
    Amanda Watlington 12k
    Danny Sullivan 6g (typo in the tag)
    Kim Krause Berg 2e
    Ian McAnerin 7b
    *Lisa Barone 5c
    Todd Malicoat 14n
    Rand Fishkin 10i
    Chris Hooley —
    Jarrod Hunt 3d
    Bill Slawski 4f
    Lee Odden —
    Matt Cutts —
    *Dazzlin’ Donna Fontenot 4_
    Eric Enge 11m
    Jonathan Mendez 15o
    Joe Dolson —
    Li Evans 13L
    Matt McGee —
    Jill Whalen —

    I’d answer the bonus questions, but have to leave some of the fun to others! 😉

    Comment by Abhilash — January 23, 2007 @ 12:39 am | Reply

  9. Okay, someone needs to tell me what those asterisks mean or I’m not going to be able to sleep tonight. Do you want that on your conscience? Email me and I promise I won’t tell anyone!! 😉

    Comment by Lisa Barone — January 23, 2007 @ 1:38 am | Reply

  10. Hilarious! I saw in my Mybloglog data an entire sentence I wrote searched on, and it scared me (after the weekend I’ve just had and all…) Figured “oh great. Now they’re stalking me.” Turns out it’s my great friend David!

    I’ll behave and not say what that phrase was. Kudos on the effort by Abhilash! Lisa, I have no idea either, btw. I hate feeling dumb. 🙂

    Comment by Kim Krause Berg (cre8pc) — January 23, 2007 @ 3:11 am | Reply

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    Yes, another crazy title, but when I do a link round up, it usually about a lot of different things! Check out what I’d like to share with you all tonight. Karl Ribas is livening up the MyBlogLog fun. If you don’t know, Karl has The Klog Blog much li…

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  12. Yeah, Lisa, I’m dying to know what the asterisks mean as well! And Kim, I also saw that sentence in mybloglog stats yesterday, and was asking people why in the world someone would search for that. Now I know why, and I feel so much better! 🙂

    Comment by DazzlinDonna — January 23, 2007 @ 4:19 am | Reply

  13. Wow Abhilash, you really are a surfer dude. On the sea and across the web a surfin’ you will go. I’m not saying if you are right but let’s talk. Thanks for all the hard work though.

    Kim I am stalking you, isn’t it odd how I turned up in Chicago and now on the web?

    Lisa there’s no way I would tell you that. Are you kidding me. Think girl, think!

    Dazzlin’ Donna same to you and good luck figuring it out.

    You are both queens of the meme. And the king is Danny Sullivan. Matt Cutts? He plays the rebel. I am the Riddler.

    Comment by semcertification — January 23, 2007 @ 5:00 am | Reply

  14. Woah, this is one tough list to break. I’m surprised you compiled a list of those!

    Comment by Leonard — January 23, 2007 @ 12:37 pm | Reply

  15. David, I’m begging you! If you tell me, I’ll stick a bow on Rebecca Kelley’s head and give her to you as a thank you present. We don’t even need to tell the wife! What do you say?? 🙂

    Comment by Lisa Barone — January 23, 2007 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

  16. Even if you threw yourself in , it’s still No Deal! Come on, I gave you a hint, what else do you want? Oh and guess what, my money’s on Dazzlin’ Donna figuring it out before you. Deal or no deal? The answer is one contextual link click away. What is this meme to you?

    Comment by semcertification — January 23, 2007 @ 4:48 pm | Reply

  17. Harsh, David! I thought were buddies! See if I ride in anymore elevators with you.

    Comment by Lisa Barone — January 23, 2007 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

  18. Okay Lisa you’re such a cry baby. And no thanks on the elevator ride, you’re mean in there.

    Last hint: This quiz was about memes and someone was paying attention, obviously not you. Put that together with the other hints, you are a queen of memes along with Dazzlin’ Donna. Remember Danny Sullivan is King and Matt Cutts? He’s the rebel. It’s in the contextual links above, I’m not saying anymore.

    Comment by semcertification — January 23, 2007 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

  19. Huzzah! I got it. (Fine, Susan got it and told me the answer.) According to the Blog Tree, Donna and I have the “best percentage tagged that tagged others”. Everyone we tagged completed the meme and tagged five other people. Hence, we are the Queens of Memes.

    And I’m not mean; I’m undeniably adorable!

    Comment by Lisa Barone — January 23, 2007 @ 5:33 pm | Reply

  20. Sorry, you are not mean, unless people speak in an elevator. No really, you are indeed undeniably adorable and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Now answer the final bonus question and we can put this meme to bed.

    Comment by semcertification — January 23, 2007 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

  21. David Gale!

    Comment by Lisa Barone — January 23, 2007 @ 5:48 pm | Reply

  22. Well Lisa, aren’t you a smart little cookie when you put your mind to it.

    That’s game, set, match and Abhilash Patel is the overall winner with his awesome job of letting us know who said what and who tagged who (or whom as Li Evans writes) in that meme? Ahbilash wins a sponsorhip on the China Search Marketing Tour and all our admiration for nailing it. Job well done!

    Consolation prize goes to Lisa Barone for her “I can’t wait til Christmas” act and badgering me into giving too many hints for the bonus questions. But all in all, she is undeniably adorable!

    Comment by semcertification — January 23, 2007 @ 6:01 pm | Reply

  23. I heart the Lisa, but she did whine about one of my recent blogs too.

    Comment by searchstudent — January 25, 2007 @ 1:53 am | Reply

  24. Oh oh, I see a pattern here. Maybe we’re hearting Lisa a bit too much. If we didn’t talk about her would she be happier?

    Comment by semcertification — January 25, 2007 @ 2:15 am | Reply

  25. Okay, for the record and to be fair, David whined about that post too, Chris!

    Comment by Lisa Barone — January 26, 2007 @ 12:34 am | Reply

  26. What me whine? I just felt bad for Chris and his partying at events causing him to forget people. Think of it as a drink bait intervention. Hey, he might forget about you next. Nah, I doubt it.

    Comment by David Temple — January 26, 2007 @ 12:55 am | Reply

  27. Right on! Tsingtaos for everyone on me!

    Comment by Abhilash — January 26, 2007 @ 7:34 am | Reply

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