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  • #591709

    Y.W. Editor
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    From The YWN Homepage:

    Web search engines make our lives easier: They connect us with what we’re searching for in a matter of seconds, and sometimes they bring us to places we didn’t even know we were looking for.

    But they can also teach us a lot about ourselves, as more than half of adult internet users already know.

    About 57 percent of adult internet users in the United States said they have entered their name into a search engine to assess their digital reputation, according to a new Pew Research Center study “Reputation Management and Social Media.”

    That’s a significant increase since 2006, when only 47 percent of adult internet users said they had looked their name up on a search engine. The findings show “reputation management has now become a defining feature of online life,” the study says.

    This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to many, considering a new story about Facebook’s privacy settings surfacing each day.

    And the concern about people’s digital reputations will most likely continue to grow as posting and sharing information over the internet becomes more and more widespread.

    The study also found that young adults are more apt to “restrict what they share” and manage their online reputations more closely than older internet users. This is “contrary to the popular perception that younger users embrace a laissez-faire attitude about their online reputations,” wrote Mary Madden, a senior research specialist.

    The Pew Research Center study, which took place by phone between August 18 and September 14, sampled 2,253 adults 18 and older. The margin of error is 2.3 percentage points.

    Have you ever Googled yourself? Were you surprised by what you found? Join the YWN Coffee Room Discussion.

    (Source: CNN)

    #686139

    shkoyach
    Member

    Don’t see much of a discussion here-guess I’ll have to give my 2 cents.

    I definitely have tried to google my name before, however I didnt find much- only boring info about some stranger out there that stole my name 😉

    I’ve gotten shidduch calls about friends- and I almost fell off my chair the first time someone told me they googled the potential shidduch and had questions on what they found!Maybe they had the wrong person.

    On google, I found some nasty info about a relative with a not so common last name and found someone else carrying his name is well with rather strange info. I was glad when a picture came up and saw it was someone else.

    #686140

    chesedname
    Participant

    I never did

    #686141

    charliehall
    Participant

    Yes, and it was not until page seven that it found a site having anything to do with me. That is what happens when you have a common name.

    #686143

    d a
    Member

    Yes I did. Didn’t find much (luckily!)

    #686144

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    I don’t show up on google.

    Be aware that the first thing usually to show up on searches is your onlysimchas posts.

    #686145

    I’ve googled myself and many other random ppl i know and whatever came up was rather stupid unless they were someone major (rabbi, singer, famous businessman, etc.)

    #686146

    haifagirl
    Participant

    I’ve googled myself. I was surprised to find so much stuff, but I shouldn’t have been. I have had some stuff (mostly letters to the editor) published, and I have been active in politics. What was interesting, however, was unless I added the elected office I held as part of the search, it didn’t come up.

    #686147

    cb1
    Member

    i have googled myself but all that showed up was my facebook profile on the 19th page

    #686148

    d a
    Member

    cb1, you probably just searched yourself so that you can post here! Just kidding!!

    #686149

    d a
    Member

    By the way people, if you search your name and surround it by “quotes”, you will probably find your name on the first page.

    #686150

    the.nurse
    Member

    I have, and since my last name is very uncommon, it’s quite interesting what comes up. In addition, if you ever try whitepages.com and put in your last name and zip code (if it’s not that uncommon a name) they will give you the approximate age of all the people they find. I found my parents, myself and my sister, and the age approximations were all correct.

    #686151

    smartcookie
    Member

    Just did. A whole bunch of garbage.

    I know someone that googled herself and a whole disgusting dirty story came up with her name involved! She was devastated!

    #686152

    nnnnnn
    Member

    da thanx for that quotes idea

    #686153

    kapusta
    Participant

    nurse, if the ages were correct should I assume the criminal record was too? (ok, you get one free tomato for that)

    *kapusta*

    #686154

    cb1
    Member

    d a ur right i just googled myself again with quotes and it showed up on the first page

    #686155

    the.nurse
    Member

    kapusta,

    Don’t know, why don’t u ask your, ahem, contact? (The one from Rikers, I mean. Not from when you spent time in alcohol detox).

    #686156

    kapusta
    Participant

    nurse, you mean the one you met in the Rockland Psychiatric Center that you introduced me to?

    *kapusta*

    #686157

    the.nurse
    Member

    Kapusta

    We better stop it, they might kick us off here, lol

    NYC Department of Corrections

    Name: Samantha Cohn

    Function: Nurse

    DOB: 1980-09-11

    NYSID: 08467118M

    Book&Case #: 2410710654

    Facility: North Infirmary Command

    Discharge Date: 2010-05-19

    Next Court Date: 2010-06-04

    Bail and Bond: remanded

    #686158

    d a
    Member

    cb1, your doubting me? Of course I’m always right!

    #686159

    cb1
    Member

    d a thats a matter of opinion but we won’t discuss that here

    #686160

    d a
    Member

    cb1, next time try: “Its a matter of opinion, and your opinion doesn’t matter”!

    #686161

    the.nurse
    Member

    Mod! (gasp)

    How did you get my info??

    #686162

    d a
    Member

    NYC Department of Corrections

    Name: Samantha Cohn

    Function: Nurse

    DOB: 1980-09-11

    NYSID: 08467118M

    Book&Case #: 2410710654

    Facility: North Infirmary Command

    Discharge Date: 2010-05-19

    Next Court Date: 2010-06-04

    Bail and Bond: remanded

    Mods shouldn’t be posting personal info of other people, no?

    #686163

    tomim tihye
    Member

    A friend asked: “How did you get such a good deal on your house?”

    I googled us and realized how she knew how much we paid. Yuck!

    Any tips on how to get this info off google?

    #686164

    d a
    Member

    By the way, cb1, my comment above was just a joke.

    #686165

    Yes, and I found out I share my name with a name older not-frum lady lawyer. Nice woman.

    #686166

    Health
    Participant

    I googled myself previously and I came up in some newspapers -due to some lawsuits. Why is this even a topic?

    #686167

    chaimss
    Participant

    When I Google myself I mostly find my amateur radio records as well as products I reviewed using my real name (a practice I’ve since terminated). B”H nothing unknown!

    #686168

    simcha man
    Member

    That’s how I found out I was on my college honor roll.

    #686169

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    Believe it or not, most of my internet activity is doing using my real name, so a Google search of that turns up just about everything I ever did online. 🙂

    And, of course, you can Google my screenname and find a few things I’ve written. 🙂

    The Wolf

    #686170

    Wolf

    I googled your real name, with quotes, (Zev Lupus if anyone is interested),

    All I got was some links to a superhero

    #686171

    d a
    Member

    Mods, having fun?

    #686172

    Yes thank you

    #686173

    Besides Googling your name, try the “howmanyofme” website to see how many other people share your name.

    #686174

    d a
    Member

    There are 1 or fewer people in the U.S. named EDITED – d a.

    The estimates for one or both names are not absolute. There may be fewer people with this name, or none at all.

    This happens not to be true, because there are at least two other people with my name living in the U.S. …

    #686175

    noitallmr
    Participant

    Wow I’m on Wikipedia- who here put me on???

    #686177

    I did- I emailed an elderly woman with a PhD in something or other, who shared my name (Jewish, of course, not frum). She got sick soon after… I hope she’s not dead.

    #686178

    grada
    Member

    im not sure where this conversation is going. Whats the piont of discussing what you found on google???

    #686179

    sm29
    Participant

    I’ve looked up my english name and hebrew name. It’s interesting to see what comes up.

    #686180

    d a
    Member

    grada, read the FIRST post.

    #686182

    Gabboim
    Member

    My name is so common, there is almost nothing in google on me. And whatever little there is, is buried under 100’s of other items that come first.

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