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Horseboy Back On Track On Google Streetview

Internet Meme Horseboy has reappeared on Google Streetview although it may well be a copycat because no one knows his exact identity.

Channel 4 claimed (opens in new tab) to have tracked down the "shady equine figure" has it calls Horseboy and managed to get an exclusive interview from it/him.

Horseboy, whose "real" name is Dobbin Horsome, did not play in the eponymous 2009 movie "The Horse Boy (opens in new tab)" but has been seen a lot on Youtube videos lately.

He claims to be a business analyst before rather than anything else and said that his Street View appearance was due to pure "luck and blatant opportunism".

Another picture of a horseman who has been spotted on Hazledene Road in Aberdeen (opens in new tab) next to a schoolgirl.

Some believe that this may just be another viral marketing campaign for a company (horse food maybe?) while others note that the horse masks are readily available even on Ebay and that it seems to be pretty common sight at some popular regional events.

And it won't come as a surprise to see that over the last thirty days, the amount of people online looking for horseboy surged to 15 times their usual amount according to Google Trends. Horseboy's success can be attributed to a BBC News report from last month.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.