Sunday, January 03, 2010

Obscurity in the age of the internet

Every so often I check out how much the internet knows about me by typing my name into a google search. I haven't done this in years, in fact not since getting married and changing my name. For some reason I woke up this morning with the burning desire to find out what the internet says about me--whether I'm living a public or private life. Apparently, I've kept pretty private under my new name, because I found almost nothing about me. In the first half dozen or so pages, Google images only had one image, the watch cap pattern available on this site, and the only web result was a link to my bio at the college for which I work.

Here are the impostors using my name on the internet:

  • a porn actress from Hungary for whom this is most likely a stage name
  • a brush fire in Australia
  • a series of skateboard designs
  • a woman spinning fire (i.e. burning stuff twirling at the ends of chains)
  • and a lovely South African flowering heather

I'm not sure whether I'm disappointed or relieved to not have shown up on rate my professors yet.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I always thought it was a blessing not to have been "rated." Here's my theory, and I'm sticking with it: students don't bother to comment on those whose professionalism and competence are unquestionable.