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OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/17/2007 11:10:06 AM   
KG Erwin


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Just out of curiousity, I tried this, and found a reference to a book review I did for Amazon.com under my real name. I also tried my forum name, and yeah, I found a reference to it from another forum I belong to.

I have heard that certain employers will do this for applicants, so I'm thankful that nothing incriminating showed up.

It's flattering, in a way, but also kinda creepy.
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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/17/2007 11:23:15 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: KG Erwin

Just out of curiousity, I tried this, and found a reference to a book review I did for Amazon.com under my real name. I also tried my forum name, and yeah, I found a reference to it from another forum I belong to.

I have heard that certain employers will do this for applicants, so I'm thankful that nothing incriminating showed up.

Except maybe associating yourself with a Nazi SS officer?

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/17/2007 2:30:34 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Dave Briggs

Except maybe associating yourself with a Nazi SS officer?


indeed....


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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/17/2007 7:46:49 PM   
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Hmm--good point.

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/17/2007 8:48:06 PM   
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I do that from time to time - there's even a term for that, it's called "egosurfing"

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/17/2007 11:49:27 PM   
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Well, it COULD have unintended consequences -- like seeing your name on an "America's Most Wanted" list, for overdue library books. " Put your hands up and step away from the books!"

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/18/2007 12:19:17 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: sven


quote:

ORIGINAL: Dave Briggs

Except maybe associating yourself with a Nazi SS officer?


indeed....



OK, the Peiper avatar just won't do. I went back to "Chesty" Puller. Thanks for the advice, guys. I must've had a "Teutonic moment".


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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/18/2007 3:21:50 AM   
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Google for my name and the first hit is about a convicted killer with my name.




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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/18/2007 6:34:22 AM   
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My name gives 310,000 hits - I have the same name as a semi-famous Hollywood producer. He's younger than I, thinner, richer and has more hair.

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/18/2007 10:54:00 AM   
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I did a search on yahoo for my name. My Matrix member information is available for all eyes to see. That is, age, name, email address, where I live. The member profile page shows up! So I went in and took out some of the information found in my membership file.

< Message edited by Zap -- 3/18/2007 10:58:12 AM >


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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/18/2007 2:49:02 PM   
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I never thought about all this. I am going to check mine out.

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/18/2007 4:38:37 PM   
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This has nothing to do with Google, but the thread reminds me of a great anecdote, from "The Boys of Summer" (I think): while serving off in the Pacific in WWII, Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Kirby Higbe had an affair with a nurse or some such sort, and so one day when he was back home his wife opened a love letter addressed to him from the other woman, and his response was, "Must be some other Kirby Higbe."

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/18/2007 6:06:19 PM   
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Well I tried my name and got 306,000 hits but absolutely nothing that I personally have been involved with or contacted,?and no identity information at all. The topics ranged from marathons to abstract websites for "do it yourself" backyard installed windmill generator kits?
I'm comfortable that I'm that anonymous,considering some of the things I've actually done!!? 

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/18/2007 11:59:23 PM   
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If you have your full name in membership profile for Matrix then it will show up on a search. So if you do I suggest you eliminate your last name

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/19/2007 12:01:50 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Zap

If you have your full name in membership profile for Matrix then it will show up on a search. So if you do I suggest you eliminate your last name


You people miss the whole point of EGOsurfing

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/19/2007 12:26:37 AM   
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I tried it..the first entry was some WebNews site with the headline:

"Retarded California Man Googles Own Name". After listing my home address, IP number, Bank of America account number and password, Social Security Number and my mother's maiden name, there was a picture of me, slack-jawed staring right into my own webcam. I'll never do that again. Everything was dead on except an alleged membership in the Man Boy Love Association. The bastards.

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/19/2007 12:45:20 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Cap Mandrake

I tried it..the first entry was some WebNews site with the headline:

"Retarded California Man Googles Own Name". After listing my home address, IP number, Bank of America account number and password, Social Security Number and my mother's maiden name, there was a picture of me, slack-jawed staring right into my own webcam. I'll never do that again. Everything was dead on except an alleged membership in the Man Boy Love Association. The bastards.


You decided to post a response, so let those without sin cast the first stone LOL...

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/19/2007 2:27:24 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: KG Erwin


quote:

ORIGINAL: Cap Mandrake

I tried it..the first entry was some WebNews site with the headline:

"Retarded California Man Googles Own Name". After listing my home address, IP number, Bank of America account number and password, Social Security Number and my mother's maiden name, there was a picture of me, slack-jawed staring right into my own webcam. I'll never do that again. Everything was dead on except an alleged membership in the Man Boy Love Association. The bastards.


You decided to post a response, so let those without sin cast the first stone LOL...



Its a joke, guy. Relax

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/19/2007 4:51:26 AM   
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googling my name brings up some has been baseball player which I had the privilage of watching hit the first home run in Denver.

Aslo some wrestler. "Showtime Eric Young" he he he

Then a bunch of stuff about me.

E

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/19/2007 5:07:20 AM   
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Wow, around 4.5 million hits for my name!! 

It seems there is some hot shot high school football recruit being pursued by all of the Big 11 schools with the same name as me.  That's probably 4, 495,000 of the hits right there.  Then there's a photographer, an author, a home builder, .... that's just the first 10.    Even if my info's in there somewhere, I feel rather anonymous. 

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/19/2007 5:08:17 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Cap Mandrake

I tried it..the first entry was some WebNews site with the headline:

"Retarded California Man Googles Own Name". After listing my home address, IP number, Bank of America account number and password, Social Security Number and my mother's maiden name, there was a picture of me, slack-jawed staring right into my own webcam. I'll never do that again. Everything was dead on except an alleged membership in the Man Boy Love Association. The bastards.



Mandrake, you're a freak! I bet you would be a blast at a party.

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/19/2007 5:49:30 AM   
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ORIGINAL: USS America
Mandrake, you're a freak! I bet you would be a blast at a party.


no, he's not....

I tried my name a few months ago, but since most italian families use the same names, there are prob. 5,000,000 with the same as me.
so I'm pretty sure no one can find me, needle in a hay stack


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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/19/2007 5:48:12 PM   
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this has to be my favorite link http://www.ericyoungorchidfoundation.co.uk/


Looks like the other Eric Young died the year I was born. Maybe he jumped into me. I always gave my mother orchids as gifts. I never new about this until last year.

E

< Message edited by old man of the sea -- 3/19/2007 5:51:53 PM >


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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/19/2007 5:57:40 PM   
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Mine comes up with this old actor for th UK in the 30's with the same name I have. It also comes up with a web page I did back in my first year of college I had to do for a class.

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/19/2007 6:35:18 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: KG Erwin
I have heard that certain employers will do this for applicants, so I'm thankful that nothing incriminating showed up.


I did this years ago when this "egosurfing" (Oleg's term, I didn't know it was called that way) first hit the spotlight.

My name is very common name over here so I was not surprised when I hit upon these guys :

- a champion carp fisher - has his own line of bait, published a book on fishing
- a motorcycle sidecar racer with a few grand-prix victories under his belt
- a nude model photographer (I'm not making this stuff up - honestly)
- a guy who works on the staff of the minister of Social Affairs
- a guy who works in IT just like me, but who lives 20 km down the road.

The only one I worry about is that nude model photographer - my wife would kill me if she tought I was the same guy

Greetz,

Eddy Sterckx

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/19/2007 7:07:53 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Cap Mandrake

I tried it..the first entry was some WebNews site with the headline:

"Retarded California Man Googles Own Name". After listing my home address, IP number, Bank of America account number and password, Social Security Number and my mother's maiden name, there was a picture of me, slack-jawed staring right into my own webcam. I'll never do that again. Everything was dead on except an alleged membership in the Man Boy Love Association. The bastards.


...You will receive your membership e-mail confirmation soon...
...by the way someome left you $25,000,000.00 in Nigerian Oil Stock I just need that info again so I can wire it to your account...
...this also intitles you to a free membership to Performing Circus Dogs in Clown Costumes, its the latest rage...


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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/20/2007 6:33:17 AM   
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I am pretty sure I am the only person on the planet with my name-surname combination (good for egosurfing, bad for hiding identity Kirby Higbe style  LOL)

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/22/2007 12:27:40 PM   
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..nope, but i did do a heraldic search, long ago before this internetty-thingy, ye'know in the days of paper..

..large meadow by a river..

..s'about correct..

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RE: OT Have You Ever "Googled" Your Own Name? - 3/22/2007 2:52:48 PM   
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A google of my name yields someone doing the same thing I did in the software industry, but this one is female.

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