Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Googling Myself

By Darvell Hunt

I really love Googling myself. This is not to be confused with ogling oneself, which is so popular with the bulging muscle-bound guys I see at the gym kissing their own biceps in the mirror.

Doing this (Googling, not ogling), which actually means searching for your own name at Google.com, will give you a good sense of how others see you. Googling yourself might even prompt you to be more careful with your appearance on the Internet. I still see my name on things I posted to Usenet Newsgroups back in the mid 90's. My name is not easily confused with other people, either.

Googling myself is how I found the AML review I wrote awhile back in which I referenced The Work and the Glory series as The Hope and the Glory series and which has been copied to a few different places over the past couple of years (including the BYU Mormon Literature Database), and where it's not copied, there are links to it. Oh boy. I guess that tells people I've never read some of the best-selling books in the LDS marketplace. I tried once. I didn't get very far.

Anyway, I have to go. I'm going to try reading The Hope and the Glory again and then I need to check the mirror to see if my biceps are any bigger. If the reading fails, I guess I can at least heft all nine hardbound volumes to work on the biceps.


Anonymous said...

Try having a common name and googling yourself in the images only search. for me it is very disquieting to discover there are so any people with my name. of course it could be worse. I could have a name that is unisex. and see a picture of girl with my name.

Keith Fisher

Tristi Pinkston said...

I love to Google myself! It's fun to see places where I've been mentioned that I didn't even know about. However, sometimes a strange site will pick up my name and do weird things with it. I showed up on a site for hot, sexy LDS singles once. (Um -- been married for almost twelve years?)

But it's useful to hit the Internet and find out which of your marketing plans have been useful and which haven't.