Feb. 7, 2011 at 9:50 AM ET
If you happened to enter the name Jack Weppler into Google's image search recently, you would have noticed that the results were full of embarrassingly captioned photos. Did this man somehow upset the Google and Lolcat gods?
No. He simply dated the wrong girl.
According to SEO Roundtable's report, things got messy after Weppler broke off his relationship with the girl he was seeing. The young lady apparently decided to cope with the anguish of the breakup by repeatedly uploading Weppler's photograph to a website called MemeGenerator and thereby spamming Google search results with Lolcat-style captioned photos of the young man.
Based on what Weppler's mother posted in a Google help forum, this was causing him and his entire family a great deal of anguish:
My minor son's ex-girlfriend took a copyrighted picture of him (we own copyright) and uploaded it more than 60 times to a website. On each image she wrote slanderous, defamatory and pornographic captions. The webmaster of the site states he removed the images 6 weeks ago, but Google Search still shows all the images. My son is so stressed out and embarrassed and we've done everything we can to get images off of Google including URL removal tool, a letter to Google Legal with all the URLs because of copyright infringement, and nothing has worked!
It seems that while the Weppler family managed to convince MemeGenerator to remove the embarrassing images, they still popped up in search results because of Google's caching feature:
The issue is that although the images appear to be gone, the URLs they are sourced via are actually returning a 200 status code, which to Google means they are still there. They need to return a page not found status code, and they do not.
The good news at this point is that the status code must've been changed because most of the MemeGenerator images appear to have faded from Google's memory. The bad news? Thanks to many reports about this mess and various screenshots, searches for Weppler's name still pull up plenty of embarrassing images.
The lesson? Young love may not be forever, but Internet memes certainly are.