From the first time I discovered Google WEB APIs, I thought that this thing is ideal to create an "ego-surfing" script, that is a script that looks up google for, let's say, my name and returns the results.
I have written a small script that does exactly that (and obviously, you can put your name where it says "Panayotis Vryonis"). What you will need to use it, is
- NuSOAP, the SOAP toolkit for PHP. You can find it here.
- Your own Google Web APIs key, wich can be obtained here.
You may notice that the actual query is a bit more complex than a simple "Panayotis Vryonis". The reason is I want to exclude results from my own pages, so I ask Google not to return results from g-metrics.com, vrypan.net and blogshares (which returned a number of results that were useles in this context.
A couple more notes taht could be useful:
- You are allowed to make up to 1,000 queries/day to Google using your key, so if this is a public page, make sure you cache!
- Each query will return a maximum of 10 results. See the commented out lines on how to get more results.
You may find a working example here :-)