Post # 1
I was recently having this conversation with my brother. He’s a newly minted college grad, so he is on the job hunt big time, and is now in the process of Googling himself regularly to make sure that none of his “That one time I was drunk” photos might surface at an inconvenient time.
Most things now end up online. It’s all out there for the universe to see. If someone knows your name and state it’s pretty easy to find anything from mug shots to party photos, dating profiles, classified ads, maybe even that Care Bears appreciation forum you hope none of your friends find out about.
So if someone Googled you, what would they find?
Post # 3
Thankfully, nothing besides where I work and, if you google my maiden name, my siblings names come up on like “mylife.com” because it’s a rare last time.
But yes because I work in security I’m always reminding my friends to be careful how much personal information they share online.
Post # 4
I just googled myself and nothing about me came up. Good!
Post # 5
Nothing, well some dead author but that isn’t me. Luckily I have a common name, and unless someone googles my full name and hometown, they get diddly. And when they do that they get some old HS basketball stats and articles. Luckily I have nothing scandalous to hide, but it is nice to know I am fairly annoynamous online. My FB is set to totally private unless I friend you and I can’t be searched on there either.
Post # 6
@KatyElle: oh the care bears thing reminds me that in the past when you googled my maiden name it showed that i belonged to a group called ‘bring back monocles’ on fb. LOL. i had it removed, though.
Post # 7
Even googling my whole name, I don’t show up until the 6th page (and I have a pretty unusual name). There are a few hits with my maiden name from college, but not much.
Post # 8
some girl shares my name and has done a few YouTube song covers– sadly, she’s more famous than I am! ‘
the only thing I’d have to hide is how much I love margaritas (which is all over my “private” twitter)
edit: ooh, I finally clicked far enough and found that inflammatory “Letter to the Editor” I wrote in college. oops.
Post # 9
A singer (She was on American Idol, from what I see on this list). And she did one song for a soundtrack in the movie Click.
Aaaaand there’s nothing about ME. Good.
With my ‘future’ married name, all that pulls is an actress from Bones and Monster-in-Law.
There is a lot about Demi Lovato when you search my first and maiden name, because the girl who also has my name is dating Demi’s costar from her Disney show. Hmm.
Post # 10
Yeah I’m a fairly paranoid internet dweller, I know if someone really wanted to find something out about me there are ways.
Like all those old drama club photos I’ve been chasing old classmates down for… blargh!
Post # 11
My maiden name is very uncommon so everything is about me. Just some awards and a time a did a pageant (LOL). With my married name just my LinkedIn page. If you have an uncommon name, all the reason to be more careful!
Post # 12
Unfortunately for me, because my name is so unique, I’m virtually the one listed..haha
Post # 13
Mostly work related or alumni stuff from HS/college. I have a VERY unusual name, only person in the world with my first & last name combo so I’m very careful online about giving out my real name when I don’t want certain things to pop up when people Google my name!
Post # 14
@MrsElopement: I used to Google myself before I dated anyone so all my middle school “awards” wouldn’t show up and out me for being a nerd! At least a pageant is pretty? 😉
Post # 15
If someone Googled me with my maiden name they would definitely find me, but thankfully nothing bad because I’ve actually always been too smart for that. I wrote a letter to the White House once that ended up on a couple of blogs and news sites so they would find that. That could either hurt me in their eyes or not (depending on if they agree with what I said) but it’s not like it’s a drunk photo. With my married name, no one would find me. It’s a much more common last name.
Post # 16
Nothing! An author and a singer apparently share my same first and last name so everything that comes up is about them. Even if I use my middle name nothing pops up. I’m very unpopular.
ETA: You can find my LinkedIn profile but it’s just one of many with the same name so…