Poll: Do You "Google" Yourself?

Sep 10, 2008 • 8:51 am | comments (3) by twitter | Filed Under Other Google Topics
 

Do you ever check yourself on search engines to see what people can find out about you at the tap of a few keys and the click of a button? Do you find yourself checking what search engines know about you for perhaps personal gain, reputation management, or any other reason?

The last time we mentioned this topic was in December 2007 where we cited a report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project that found that 47% of Americans are using search engines to find out what the Internet knows about them. Chances are in the last 9 months, that number has grown.

In our world, it's hard to envision that people are not looking for information about themselves on Google. I read every so often about how magazines encourage you to Google your prospective date so that you can find out if there's chemistry. Human resources departments typically look on Google and even social networking sites to find out about prospective employees. If you don't Google yourself, I'd be a bit shocked.

Answer the poll below honestly and let us know if you look for yourself on the search engines -- if even once or twice.

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Comments:

Wiep

09/10/2008 06:30 pm

Those who said 'never' are probably either lying or checked the wrong box :)

Rob Abdul

09/11/2008 09:39 am

Well yes. I am my brand. When my Client’s refer me, all they have to do is Google me. If you search for Rob Abdul in Google, 6 out of the first 10 pages are me!

Lea

09/11/2008 11:41 am

Of course! If nothing else, its a litmus test for ranking problems - if something is outranking me (or creeping up) for my own brands, I want to know early and it will indicate other ranking issues for that site.

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