"Only in very, very dark moments, moments of pure self-loathing, do I type my name into Google." - Reese Witherspoon.
When was the last time you Googled yourself, your family, boyfriend/girlfriend, friends, or even your latest crush? I ask, "when" rather than "have you ever", because we've all done it. We are curious to know what will come up. In this day and age, we Google everything. In fact, to google is becoming an accepted English verb.
I admit, I have Googled myself. My name is unique. Not many people spell my name the way I do. I was surprised to see just how much my name dominated the results. Apparently, I’m a very talented sports/travel photographer. However, don’t be fooled. While, I like photography, that isn’t me. I used to not come up until the second page. However, since starting my blog and joining Twitter, my search rank has increased. But I recommend checking out the other Caryn's stuff. She has an awesome portfolio. But do be careful not to get us confused. It appears she is on Facebook and Twitter too.
I googled Mr. Boyfriend and he is MIA in the cyberworld. He is a CPA and not active online. When he has more professional accomplishments or owns his own company, I think then he would want to be found. But for now, it is better for him to be under the radar. For this issue, I think career industry matters. In media/technology fields - I think it is important that something (positive) appears in the search. Is it important for accountants, garbage men, government workers to be found? Is it always a good thing for individuals in all industries to be searchable?
Everyone has an opinion these days and there is just so much negative out there. Robert Downey Jr. loves Googling himself. At the Oscar roundtable this year, he said, "some people overstate their support, like they know you. Other people are busy doing something else and just want to go on this chat site and say some despicable character assassination..." If I were a celebrity I would be curious, but probably hesitant to search for myself. Ultimately, I think I would only sporadically search myself. The tabloids say some crazy stuff.
Reasons to Google yourself:
- It is important to Google yourself before you start applying for jobs so that you know what your potential employee might see. Because let's face it, there is a good chance that they'll Google you.
- If you find there are duplicate you's - you can change your online persona from Bob Smith to Bob G. Smith to narrow the findings.
What happens when you Google yourself? Were you pleased or surprised by what came up? If you were a celebrity, would you Google yourself? Please share!