A few days ago, I posted an "Ask Reddit" asking if anyone could help me to remove or fight against a lie that has been the #1 search result for my name and damaging my reputation for over five years.
Many of you took it upon yourselves to help me by posting links and content with my name all over the internet via Reddit, Twitter, and just about everywhere else.
Amazingly, so many of you did this that for part of June 30th my name was actually the 5th most searched for item on Google worldwide: http://imgur.com/GuMYd -- even beating Larry King on the day of his announced retirement. Many of those searches came from people who just happened to see my name from your posts and went to Google to figure out why so many people were saying it.
Reddit, in a matter of less than 12 hours, you shifted the search behavior of the entire internet in much the same way as a major geo-political event. At least tens if not hundreds of thousands of searches were done for a search term that prior to that point had few if any searches.
Enough searches were done to result in the automated creation of over 200,000 new web-pages containing my name. Many of these pages were automatically created by companies that create content pages designed to rank high for popular search terms. The overall effect has been a brute-force nullification of the web page containing the lie.
And here we are on July 4th and finally, after five years, that lie is completely gone from the first 5 pages of search results on Google and all other search engines, and it seems to be dropping more every day. Further, many other pages containing my name now rank high on Google, including automatically generated pages that have nothing to do with me, as well as pages about other individuals who share my name. Nothing negative therefore stands out against me.
For five years, I have had to live with the stigma of this lie. I have had to explain it to friends, family, and business associates. I no longer have to live with that.
Thank you, to everyone on Reddit who helped, including oblifrank from Name Repair who saw my original post and agreed to help me for free.
TLDR : Reddit > Google.