Have you “googled” yourself?

googleHave you ever “googled” yourself?  I will admit that I have.  I’m not sure what made me do it but I did it quite a long time ago.  I did “find myself” but not for a long time. Three or four pages into it, there I was.  If I do it now, I’m on the second page of Joy Erickson’s.  My blog is there and so is a photo deal I joined a few years ago.  I also wrote a post called A Son’s A Son Till He Takes A Wife and one woman who came and made a comment told me she googled that “phrase” and my post was right there.  That’s beyond me how it works but it’s kind of neat to know how people find your blog.

We were watching the news last night and this was the Good Question.  There are a few good reasons for doing it but the main one is just to see what’s being said about you online. It also said that employers sometimes check out prospective employee’s this way.  Just by googling them.  

I guess I never thought I was really very important.  To think that I’d be there almost sounds conceited on my part.   Have you done it?  What did it say?  I have also tried googling other people and I have found some people right away and the things I read were good things.  Can’t you just imagine some of the bad things that might be there?

So I was just wondering if I’m alone and how many of you have tried this and just what you found out?  I guess it’s best to be nice no matter where you go.  One just never knows.

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19 Responses to Have you “googled” yourself?

  1. SanityFound says:

    Am running late so will be quicks

    When I was in the recruitment industry I’ll admit that I used both facebook, myspace and google to find public domain information about my candidates especially for a high profile job. Most recruiters do this but never say. Ethical or not its public domain and it has helped many many times if anything you know what the person looks like before they get there.

  2. Sue says:

    I don’t think I have, but I guess I should try and see what happens. I don’t like to think that I’m out there on the net for all to see, but I suppose we all are to some degree. I’ll have to change my name as it appears here so I’m not so easy to find!!!

  3. megan says:

    I have. One of two things comes up: either a) pages that actually relate to me, like my faculty listing at the music school at which I teach, my Facebook page, or my piano studio website, or b) information about Megan’s Law and sex offenders. Fortunately, the former has been creeping up towards the beginning of the list lately.

  4. Elena says:

    I get links to blog posts and comments as well as some of my links to the university I used to attend. I have other writings on other websites and those come up too. I like to think that if someone googled me they could find my writing.

  5. Doraz says:

    Well, when I google my name that is attached to my blog, I see quite a few. It is interesting to see that your posts are on other peoples blog! I do not care if people do this, but they should at least link it back to your blog…right? Oh well, it’s all in fun, but you should give credit where credit is due!

  6. SKL says:

    I have googled myself and others. I also know that others have googled me.

    Most of what I found is not very interesting at all, but some of it is kinda funny. In my first permanent job, I wore many hats, including the head of product development, which included my writing the information tags for a lot of animal theme toys. “Tigers are found in Asia, . . . ” that sort of thing. Well, one of the first things I found on googling myself was a Japanese version of my “penguin” information tag! It was all written in Japanese, except a the very end it said “written by SKL.”

    Speaking of Japanese, I used to have a lot of Japanese clients. One day we were having dinner and one of the guys from Japan said he had googled me and was impressed to find that I was on several nonprofit boards.

    I have a partner who googles everyone new that wants to do business with us. She is paranoid, but in this case, I’m glad she does it. She has found out about felonies, lawsuits, etc. It’s good to know, because some people are incurable liars, and at least you know up front not to trust them.

    My brother found a cousin we had never known by googling my late uncle’s name.

    It’s easy to get lost in googleland!

  7. nikki says:

    We googled everyones name when we first got our computer. Googling my married name is pointless!!!! MANY MANY Nicole Erickson!!!!! My Maiden name is very unique but offers little because it is an adopted name. I’m there, because of the schools I went to. Had my father’s dad not let my grandpa Bud adopt my dad I would have been a BUSH!!!!! Nicole Bush!!! Can you imagine!!! Hey maybe the former Pres is my relative!!! Googling is fun!!!

  8. Just a Mom says:

    Because I never have I just googled my name. I only went to 2 pages and did not find myself. I then googled myself using my maiden name plus my married name. I actually found a blog my brother created about his family but he never told me about! I thought that was just too funny!

  9. nikki says:

    That is funny!!!! Wonder why he didn’t tell you about it??? It isn’t ALL about you is it?? 😉

  10. Just a Mom says:

    Nikki ~ LOL. He said he thought he had told me. He was even wondering why I had not made a comment there! 🙂

  11. nikki says:

    OH that’s even better!!!! Too funny!!!

  12. Morocco says:

    I am the Google queen–so yes I’ve googled me! Sometimes its scary what you can pull up online.

  13. Gary says:

    Sure, I have googled my name. I come up as the second listing on the first page. It links to a photography website I was active in a while back. That’s all I really ever find.

  14. SKL says:

    This reminds me, once I found a long, stinging online argument that my brother was in, about some obscure aspect of computer programing. You have to understand my brother – he is geek to the power of nerd. I never knew that the choice of programing language could raise such ire. It was pretty funny, but I never told my brother I’d found it . . ..

    I haven’t googled myself in a while, so I guess I should put that on my list of things to do when I have some time . . . .

  15. Sue says:

    Ok, so I googled myself just now. SCARY!!!! Under my married name there are so many they I didn’t come up on the first 6 pages so I quit looking! However, my maden name is another story! There I am, 1st entry on the first page and it tells my age, my city and state AND the names/ages of my brother&sisters, aunts/uncles, parents and grandparents. I clicked on it and it is reunion.com and you can join for free to get this person’s profile info. It screams steal my identity please!

  16. nikki says:

    I know huh?? It’s crazy really!!!! Scary crazy!!

  17. woowooteacup says:

    Not only have I googled myself, I actually have a Google Alert on my name, so when new items show up online with my name, I get an email about them. Lots of Mary Warners out there. I find it especially fascinating that the Mary Warners I’ve found out there that aren’t me share many of the same interests I do. What’s in a name, eh?

  18. SKL says:

    Wow, there is a lot more stuff on there than there was even about 6 months ago. Apparently I’m on facebook, linked in, some lawyer directory . . . I never signed up! Well, I was asked to join linked-in and I did, but I deleted my account, or so I thought. It seems like an invasion of privacy – or something – that people can use my name and info, including address, without me even knowing about it. I guess I should have figured, but apparently the tech world has gotten beyond me.

  19. Tosha says:

    Can’t say that I have but maybe I should..

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