Have you ever tried to Google yourself?

duckduckgo.comThis is my deal – there is so much to learn, so much to know, so much to share that when I find some tidbit, I just want to write about it so you can benefit from my words. One may call me a teacher, a trainer, an educator and yes –  I am all of the above because I just assume you want to learn too.

When was the last time you searched your name on the internet or ‘Googled’ yourself? I suggest you go to google.com and enter your name and see what comes up. Now try it in yahoo.com and duckduckgo.com. You might find unique links or information from each site.

Is the information that comes up accurate? If not, can you track down the website and get it changed? As you move towards anything in this connected world, you can bet your name will be searched. Want to buy a house, sell a house, rent an office, get a job, buy an appliance, or anything else –  if so, you can bet your name will be checked online.

Potential employers might find you on LinkedIn and learn all about your past jobs, read your recommendations and possibly even contact past colleagues. And they won’t stop at LinkedIn, they will certainly look for you on Facebook. Here they will see the other side of you – the family, funny, wacky side. Or they will see the stupid, drunken and sullen side of you that writes with a sarcastic tone or other such negative image.

Did you sign up for Classmates, Meetup, Youtube, Google Photos, Calorie-Count, Flickr, Pintrest, or other social/gaming networking sites?  If so, your name will probably show up in quite a few search results. Do you have a blog, website, or have you posted articles or photos? Let’s hope they are clean, informative and inspiring to someone who is looking to hire you, date you, enroll you or any other possible scenarios.

We are connected – like it or not. We are ‘out there’ for the good people to find us knowing that bad people will find us too. Take a moment and go to duckduckgo.com and see what you can find on your name. Maybe nothing at all. Maybe lots. Maybe it’s all ok.

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13 thoughts on “Have you ever tried to Google yourself?

  1. Well, I do google myself sometimes. The first page and the first image me only. But that’s because of two things – my not-so-common name and I have a blog on blogspot (which I don’t update anymore). 🙂

  2. I’ve Googled myself several times. My husband’s cousin never married so we have the same name and it is very distinctive. So I have two personalities – one that lives in the Midwest, works as a physician’s assistant and lives with her lesbian lover or the one who lives in Virginia, does corporate tax work and used to write about Internet taxation frequently. Thankfully my husband’s cousin is a nice person and I don’t have to worry about identity theft or getting in any kind of trouble.

    Nancy

    • It’s interesting to use various search engines to see what items appear and where on the list. One search engine focuses on blog posts and others on past comments or articles. The things is – we leave a big virtual footprint, that’s for sure!

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