I Googled myself this week. Have you ever done it? If you haven’t, I would highly recommend it. It’s really important to know what people can find out about you in such an easy way in terms of reputation management. I didn’t think I’d be surprised by what I found, but I was, somewhat.
I must admit, I don’t cast a wide net with my digital footprint. I don’t intentionally put my full name out there. It’s for that reason that I’m not going to post any screen shots or specifics about what I found in connection with my name. Although I write a blog and have social media accounts, I really like my privacy. As a person who values privacy so much, Googling yourself is an even more important exercise.
On Twitter, I don’t use my name, nor do I on Instagram. I also don’t use my last name on Facebook. However, obviously, I do use my full name at work.
Most of the things I found had to do with where I work. I found my name listed under a few forms on my company’s website. This was not a surprise.
I also found my name listed as a soccer coach from when I was a volunteer coach over a year ago, which was a surprise to find. I was also surprised to find my name listed as a small group leader from a church I used to attend. I didn’t realize any of that information would be available so publically.
My LinkedIn account did come up, as did my Tyba, which I recently created after starting grad school. I saw a “shout out” someone had given me on Facebook for a share where they used my full name.
I checked out the images, and only three of all of those possible were actually me, and they pertained to my work and my LinkedIn account.
I Googled two of my email addresses, and some newletters for my father’s church came up, which I didn’t understand. I checked out all of the links and that helped me remember that I used to run a community service project out of his church, and my email address was listed several times in their newsletter as a result.
Most of what I got seemed to be different search sites to help someone delve deeper. Too bad, I’m just not that interesting.