Let your vanity searches come to you  

Posted by Roddykat in ,

All of ya'll probably know about this already, so take it as a PSA for the rest of the class.

Alright, so the powers that be over at Google thought it would be handy for folks that like to search themselves out on the web to not have to keep coming to their site every time the whim to do so hits them. So, they set up Google Alerts to keep them from having to. This is how it works:

You go here and put in your name search term(s), type (from blogs, video, news, the whole ball of wax, etc), email address, and how often you want to be alerted. Every time your name the term(s) come up, you get an email on it. Because, you know, you'd want to know every time your name the term(s) come up, right? Right. You can also have more than one alert set and can manage them from here(if you have Google account, all the better).Oh, keep in mind that this is like any other search, so if you are not getting what you are expecting, you may have to tweak your search terms.

Oh, and I'm sure it'd be good for those who search on a specific topic frequently, but let's be real here.

Alright, now that you're armed with this knowledge, I've got a question or two.

Be honest:

  1. Have you ever done a vanity search?
  2. Why did you do it the first time?
  3. Did you expect to find anything incriminating?
  4. Did you find anything interesting? If so, what was it?
  5. Did you find anything that you wish you can change?

Me:
1. Yep, a couple of times on my real name and once for my pseudonym (you gotta do it every now and then).
2. A co-worker of mine said he had Googled my name found a bunch of people. I meant to question why the hell he was Googling my name.
3. nope, thank goodness.
4. Yea, there is an artist with the same as me. Also, there are more people with my real name than I thought.
5. Yea, I wish I had copped the artist's website name before he did. The minute he lapses, I'm pouncing on it. Also, I'm out there a good bit, apparently. I've even seen ED posts in the search. It's funny. I have been signing up for a good bit lately.

What say you?



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8 full and speaking on it

1 yep
2 just curious
3 nah.never did nothing
4 nothing really interesting except when i googled my blog. some dude was doin a porn search for gangbangs and for some reason my crap came up.
He just said something to the effect of 'not what i was lookin for but a good read nonetheless'

April 9, 2008 at 4:08 PM

My name is too waspy and common to google so I haven't even tried. I did google my last blog name though...Bloopty Blop...I mean I had to, who the hell else would have that name....betta have been no one. But I did find out alot of people actually say bloopty blop, who knew.
I have tried to gogle people...but I am not good at it and I never find any info...

April 16, 2008 at 8:58 AM

wait so the old white bald dude, nor the rather rotund black dude with the jheri curl are you? serious? damn! lol

how you been?

April 18, 2008 at 12:08 PM

@Deja: imma have try that and see what comes up. :)

@Blah Blah Blah: I've not heard that term since I played Combat for the Atari 2600. That's funny.

@Mojito Mami: Nope. Never ran for Congress, speak at any length about water conservation or thankfully, get killed in SC(the west coast one). However, while I was a chubby kid coming up, I've NEVER had a Jheri curl(must've missed that link)!

HOLE UP! L BOOGIE!!!! Where the Hazel have you been, Man? Do I have to send folks over to OM to find you? Geez! Bout time you pop up. All is well in the world now. :)

April 18, 2008 at 8:21 PM

Oh and L, you might wanna set an alert because I might have to end up calling you out on the regular, young lady!

April 18, 2008 at 8:24 PM
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April 25, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Of course.
B/c somoneone said you can find anything on Google and I thought they were lying. Come to find out they were right.

Nope.
Yeah a lady with my name has some awesome jewelry.

Nah well maybe. Wouldn't you like to know ; )

Oh you've been tagged on my blog do get over there and find out what the haps is!

April 25, 2008 at 11:57 AM

@ Kayos: First off, Booo tags. :) I guess it was bound to happen eventually. I hope it's not what i think it is. Just remember, you asked for it.

April 25, 2008 at 8:14 PM

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