Googled yourself?

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  1. midlifebear

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    Have you ever googled your self? During an odd conversation about Google and its cultural ramifications, a friend cautioned that I would probably be very disappointed if I googled the names of a few small-time sociopaths and some plainly evil people I had quickly cut out of my life over the last 40+ years. He was right. Of the three people in the known universe for whom I have absolutely no sympathy, all three appeared on google searches that generated a minimum of 12 entries for the least popular.

    So, I googled myself. To my great surprise, there were more than 30 entries under my real name. Three mentioned me via links to Elko's Chamber of Commerce, five lead to links that mentioned my little bar, and one actually linked me as the operator of our little "mature men with giant penises" pay-for-porn web site.

    Yeah, I know it's mostly an exercise in self-promotion and one's ego, but has anyone else been surprised to discover entries about them Google? Have you Googled and been disappointed? :smile:
     
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    I can google myself with three names! My LPSG name, my real name and the name I use with Screen Actors Guild. In terms of LPSG it leads back to posts here. My real name leads to a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo that I don't want to read about again. My SAG name revels that my popularity is down 11% this week at IMBD.
     
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    Googling me just leads to some magazine articles and various things. My s/n on other sites just leads to dancing articles and vintage stuff. You can set up a google alert so you know when someone searches yr name too!
     
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    I googled myself. According to Google, I have my own fan website and appeared on TV in a show called Werewolf. I need to stop drinking so much, since I don't remember any of that in my past.
     
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    Yeah and all I get is disappointment. I thought my name was quite rare but googling it makes me feel common :redface:
     
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    Googling myself leads to my facebook page, and some questions I posted to a tattooing forum. Very boring.

    I began googling myself in college after reading an article about a woman who'd been brutally murdered by a stalker she'd never met. Police said if she'd only ever once had occasion to do an internet search for herself, she would have discovered a webpage which was definitely a shrine to her. She would would have been completely creeped out, but at least aware that this man was following her, and taking so many pictures.
     
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    There are 2 fairly famous people with my (real) name, and any search for me is overwhelmed by results for them.
     
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    LOL.... I died at 117 yrs of age... and I was the oldest living person just before it happened too! I was also in Guinness book of world records.
     
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    You know you really look great after everything you've been through!
     
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    Thank you... I try.
     
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    My LPSG name gives about 47k results, and asks me if I meant pendulum. None of the ones of the front involve me or here or anywhere else. Googling my first and last name gives me 7,360,000 results. None of the first involve me. In fact the first is a facebook page, and I don't even have facebook. Using my middle initial cuts it to 959,000. I still don't see myself. There is a lawyer who shares my first and last name, an the same middle initial. Googling my full name gives me 8,360,000 results, so I put them in quotes to cut it down. And it cuts it down to 3. None of which are me, though there is a high school football player that shares my name. The most disturbing result is the one that took me to a website that brokers in information of people, more specifically, DOB, where they live, their phone number, any email addresses they have, average income, and average home value (not all of the time for these of course). I found my uncle on there through this (my middle name is his name). However I did a specific search for me, but they don't have anything on me. Just two guys with my first and last name in my state.
     
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    Some of your answers make me really curious about you people's first names.

    But not curious enough to exchange personal info. I'm just sayin.
     
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    My real name yields my facebook, myspace, and youtube accounts.

    "Zeuhl34" yields a youtube and ebay account, neither of which are mine.
     
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    There's no way I'm telling what it is here, but the name I go by (real name) is so rare that I can Google just my middle name (the one I go by) and all the listings point right at ME. :eek: (My first name is more common but I haven't Googled it, and if I did, probably none of the entries would be about me.)

    Fortunately, they're all pretty innocuous. My Myspace and Facebook pages, and race results from back when I was a competitive speed walker, mostly...
     
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    I thought my name was pretty unique, but apparently it's pretty common and it is the same as some frequently published doctor, and some male model. So searches for me are way more than drowned out by those two.

    I can't find myself in the results anyway even if I dig through them because I never use my real name in such a way that it might end up publicly posted. Plus, I'm a nobody, and nothing interesting has ever happened to me, so I don't show up in any magazine/newspaper/other media articles.
     
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    My real name is very common, and it turns out my LPSG name is too!
     
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    That's scary. Five out of the first ten results from googling my real name are me. One even has my contact details.

    It turns out there are a few Viking_UKs too. Ah, well, and there was me thinking I was unique. (Sniff)

    My other nickname turned up seven out of ten.
     
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    This topic has been exhaustively covered in easily two other threads. If one puts quotes around his entire full legal name and googles it any references to said individual will appear.

    Once several years ago this thread topic was broached. It went unnoticed by this writer until one particular poster (since I - then - made no secret of my full name) chose to suggest I'd purposely avoided the thread when I'd never seen the thread.

    The googling of my full name brought up a very bad on-line situation I'd had with a Right Wing blogger in Massachusetts who created posts under my name since he despises homosexuals and (in particular) those who are willing to state their beliefs without equivocation. So......... the googling of my name brought up a myriad of dreadful posts at said individual's site which were not authored by me but by the site owner.

    The site was/is called "Dog Snot Diaries" (which ought to give you an indication of its quality). All but one of the posts are finally gone. But in the one remaining one I'm called "the glory hole commando" (as if that's an insult:rolleyes:) The rest are references to genealogy.

    Let it be a lesson to you all not to use your real legal name when posting.

    This is a snarky and unpoliced world this cyberland.

    A certain (still lurking I'm sure) individual decided to create a rather exhaustive and lengthy composition covertly on "the irrepressible actions of Stronzo" and circulate it behind the scenes. This was partly successful in that the mod/poster situation was a cluster fuck of cliques of those who were part of the "in" crowd versus those who were not. Said vile composition was eventually leaked to me by one of the present mods (for which I was/am extremely grateful). And it's what led to my ban within days of its circulation behind the scenes.

    Count your lucky stars we have Kotch and the team of mods we have now. In its inception the moderator phenomenon was an horrific thing. There were simply no boundaries.


    That's why it's imperative that no poster has an "in" with the moderating team that gives them special privileges in order to silence the voices of those with whom they do not agree.

    May I suggest you NEVER use your real name on these sorts of sites?

    There are some truly unhappy and unkind people out there ever-eager to destroy one's character.

    Simply a warning.............

    Aside:

    Google "Stronzo" and you'll find it's an Italian word for the last piece of shit that stubbornly refuses to go down the flush. It, in some circles, is roughly the equivalent in Italian of the English word asshole.
     
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    Googling my real name comes up with all kinds of things and if I go to images and turn off the safe search mode, it becomes completely out there.
     
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    I don't use my real name on ANY websites so most of the (very few) results that turn up are about someone else. You have to get very deep into the results to find any results that actually reference me..and they are all school-related.

    However, searching my name did reveal that I share names with a rather talented tattoo artist as well as a rather accomplished high school and college athlete.

    The scariest find was of a guy that shared my name who was hit (and killed) while cycling to work, which is particularly creepy since I cycle to work everyday.
     
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