The 50 best ‘bragging rights’ claimed on Google+

There's an art to bragging without really bragging


Who says they're the 50 best? Only me. And while they're skewed toward those in my Google+ circles (techies, media types) and those in theirs (civilians, a couple of celebs), I have compiled this list over the past few months by looking at many hundreds of Google+ profiles, which in addition to containing standard biographical info invite users to claim "bragging rights."

(Take it from 1000 Zombies: Google+ is no ghost town)

Most people pass - it's not required - and too many take the invitation far too seriously. But among those who exercise more imagination, restraint and self-deprecation - in other words, those who get it - you will find interesting and amusing tidbits. Here are 50 self-identified "bragging rights:"


"I get paid to smoke marijuana."

Steve Elliott

Writer/editor Village Voice Media


No word of a lie; he does.

Kim A

"The 'A' at the end of my name was given to me by Andy Warhol. It used to be at the end of his."

Chris Kim A



"I can do the Spock eyebrow."

Julio Ojeda-Zapata

Tech writer, St. Paul Pioneer Press


"I understand all the xkcd jokes."

Peter Schmidt

COO of Linear Air


"Invented the #hashtag."

Chris Messina

UX Designer for Google+ 

I figured he had to be joking - but he's not.


"Started using Google+ while I was living in space."

Ron Garan

NASA astronaut


"King of tha westcoast"

Snoop Dogg

Entertainer and "spiritual advisor"


"I'm often mistaken for someone cool - like Mat Jackson the racing driver. I get his tweets and have fun responding :)"

Mat Jackson

Entrepreneur, Livemapp

Here's Mat Jackson the racing driver on Twitter. And speaking of driving fast ...


"4 speeding tickets in one week, 2 of them in less than 12 hours by the same cop"

Lance Burkhardt

Verizon Wireless, Area Manager for Cellular Sales 


"Dr. Seuss threatened to sue me. I've met both Clintons. And done undercover camera work for Dateline NBC (not involving catching predators)."

Harry McCracken

Tech journalist  


"Aware that passing in front of the television should be performed swiftly and timed for the least disruption to the game or gamers."

Dana Geppi Long

SQL Server DBA, Sr., lead analyst 


"TIME's Person of the Year for 2006, maintainer of a foot long beard"

Abraham Williams

Web developer


"I proposed to my wife using obfuscated Perl code."

Colin McMillen

Software engineer, Google


"I have an amazing Ubuntu Tattoo!"

Benjamin Kerensa

Team lead, Ubuntu 


"Born on the same day that the Beatles recorded their first album (now that dates me). By all accounts, around about the time that they recorded "Twist and Shout," I popped out. Seems appropriate somehow."

Fraser Smith

Web developer/designer/editor 


"I've been shot at while writing code in a 120-degree tent, I've made sensors out of Jell-O, and I'm a pretty good cook."

Matt McKeon

Software engineer, Google


"I have never watched 'Titanic' in its entirety, played World of Warcraft, played Angry Birds, read a Harlequin romance novel, watched Jersey Shore, killed a human being, or broken a bone."

Thomas Edmonds Jr.



"I own a LAN-party-optimized house."

Kenton Varda

Software engineer, Google

He does own such a house, and we've written about it here and here.


 "Survived a volcano."

MG Siegler

Venture capitalist and TechCrunch columnist


"Found a dead body when I was 12, saved the Enterprise a few times, Ran the Axis of Anarchy, broke up Penny and Leonard. Currently running the non-lethal weapons lab at Global Dynamics."

Wil Wheaton



"I once baked and frosted a cake using only one arm."

Vivian Leung

Chief Brand Guru, Google Chrome, Apps & Enterprise


"I am universally liked by Grandmas."

Trey Ratcliff

Travel photographer,


“I know the difference between Papua and Papua New Guinea. And have been to both.”

Daniel Peckham

Web geek


"When I was a kid, I used to have a collection of more than 100 cactus species."

Zoltán Stekkelpak

Program manager, Google


"I caught Jizmak's drumstick at the end of a Gwar concert in Montclair NJ. At 17 I accurately predicted the downfall of Boston Market while working there."

Cliff Roth

Artist, professional candymaker at Mars, Inc.


 "I shook Steve Jobs' hand."

Robert Scoble

Startup liaison officer, Rackspace


"2010 Foursquare Mayor Of The Year"

Baratunde Thurston

Director of digital at The Onion


"I have a photographic memory for words and ideas, but not numbers. I can quote movie dialog or passages from a book from memory, but can't remember my own phone number."

Mike Elgan

Tech journalist


"Legally gay-married in California"

Gina Trapani

ThinkUp creator, This Week in Google host


"I can moonwalk backwards."

Brad Snowder



"I can write backwards!"

Michelle Marie

Artist, writer, social media strategist


 "Was the youngest person to receive arthroscopic surgery for meniscus when it was introduced in France."

Philippe Salort

Computer Sciences Corporation


"Have already broken my leg doing photography."

John Mason

Developer, amateur photographer 


"When I was 14 I wrote a single pass 6502 assembler in Atari BASIC (yes, really). In college, while my peers had modern 286 PCs for their assignments, I had a hand-me-down Heathkit 8086; I rewrote the BIOS so it would be PC compatible enough to run MS-DOS 3.0, Wordstar, Lotus 123, and Borland's Turbo C IDE. Everything since then is a corporate trade secret."

Richard Masoner



"Slashdot. I did that."

Rob Malda

Washington Post

Malda might also have chosen the famous Slashdot marriage proposal.


"Worked on 1,000 video games. Kinda. Was a pretty big deal online in the 90ies (or at least that's what I told my Mom)."

Joost Schuur

Product Manager


"I was one of the first to use video on the web to promote horses for sale. I have one of the oldest, largest Quarter Horses email communities, est. 1999."

Lil Peck

Horses Farm & Market CEO


"My other computer really is a data center."

Travis Wise

International tax counsel, Google 


"I'm qualified for absolutely nothing I do. I majored in marketing & music theory and wound up doing broadcasting & computer science. Go me."

Jason Salas

Co-anchor KUAM News, Guam


"Been shat on by 12 birds and 1 bat since April 1, 2008."

Jodi Ettenberg

Founder, Legal Nomads 


"If I told wouldn't believe me :)"

Stephen Griffin

Hollister Co.


"Voted most-uninhibited in high school; so far that's proven to be a good call by the student body."

Andy DeBrunner

Social media manager at Godfrey 


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Mitesh Shah

Linux System Admin


 "First reporter to broadcast live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange."

Maria Bartiromo

CNBC anchor 


"I was once a Magician's Assistant."

Cheryl Lynn Regan

Enterprise applications sales manager, Google


"The greatest professional video game player of all time talked about me in ep 1 of his documentary."

Christina Kelly

Community manager, Apportable 


"One-time Guinness World Record holder for Yo-Yo endurance."

Bob Brown

News Editor/blogger Network World 


"Making a game that involves socks. Made a game about cats. And fire. And cats on fire."

Ben Gerber

IT guy and writer of games


 "I used to be taller."

Phil Plait

Astronmer, author of Bad Astronomy blog 

And, finally, I spotted many variations on this theme:


"I don't brag."

Rob Colbert

Programmer, Windward Mark Interactive

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