The last time I googled myself I was in High School. All that came up during that search was athletic standings that had been published in the local newspaper. I haven’t thought much about my online identity since then and was very surprised by all the results I found during this search.
This was the only real image of me that I found in the search, this also happens to be my Twitter profile image and probably explains how it got there. I don’t know how I feel about my picture being so public and easily accessible. It’s different when it’s on a social media account because I am able to control who my friends are and who can view it, I have none of this on google and that gives me an uncomfortable, unsure feeling.
Some of the other images included things I have pinned on Pinterest.
I was surprised at how many relative results this search included, compared to my last one in high school. The results included;
- My Twitter account
- My Facebook account
- My WordPress blog
- My Pinterest account
- A past job website where I am still listed as a staff member
- A couple obituaries that I am listed in as family
- My Prezi account
- Some newspaper articles for athletics from High School
Overall I’m happy with my online identity. There is nothing that I would be embarrassed of or unwilling to share with employers. I think my online identity pretty much just shows how active in social media I am. I don’t think this is uncommon in today’s world, and I think it would be a pretty common result on most google search’s of people.
I tend to be pretty careful when signing up for anything or offering personal information online, but I will probably continue to google myself in the future to ensure that my online identity portrays who I am offline.