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#626982 - Fri May 20 2011 06:38 AM Are you the real you?
sue943 Offline

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Own up, how many of you have entered your real name into Google to see what happens?

Then, of those of you who did it, how many of you actually brought up yourself?

I have done it, and yes I get the real me as well as some pretenders. smile
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#626988 - Fri May 20 2011 08:08 AM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: sue943]
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Don't think I've done that, but if I ddi, I know I'd have some things come up, but are not me.

I did see in a gaming site this morning another person with your FT name, Sue...she was here in the US.
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#626990 - Fri May 20 2011 08:36 AM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: dg_dave]
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Just so long as she isn't using my credit card! Once I had my credit card company contact me asking me to telephone them, someone had been using my card to gamble and since it wasn't my spending pattern they checked with me. I got the money back.
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#626991 - Fri May 20 2011 08:51 AM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: sue943]
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The eerie thing is she's about your age, too...are you in Indiana now? wink
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#626992 - Fri May 20 2011 09:15 AM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: dg_dave]
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I'd only try it if I thought there was a chance there was anything there, and if so it would be odd not to. My name is one that's pointless on its own as have tens in the same borough alone, let alone the internet, but if you add 'alien abduction' it picks a few winners. Not that it's happened to me as far as I know but I do work with people who say it has.
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#626997 - Fri May 20 2011 09:43 AM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: satguru]
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I've googled my real name and no, it isn't me who shows up. There's a Playboy bunny with my name who's got a killer body that I wish was mine. laugh Maybe I should say it IS me. LOL
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#627002 - Fri May 20 2011 11:00 AM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: ClaraSue]
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The only one I've found has been me. It's got my letters to the editor to various assorted newspapers and an old Linked in profile but that's about it.
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#627006 - Fri May 20 2011 12:27 PM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: rayven80]
ren33 Offline
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I am at the top of the list! Unique.
Ooops! Just rechecked and I am second now Awww!


Edited by ren33 (Fri May 20 2011 12:29 PM)
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#627066 - Fri May 20 2011 03:57 PM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: ClaraSue]
dg_dave Offline
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Originally Posted By: ClaraSue
I've googled my real name and no, it isn't me who shows up. There's a Playboy bunny with my name who's got a killer body that I wish was mine. laugh


CS, the other one's all plastic...keep that in mind.
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#627076 - Fri May 20 2011 04:05 PM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: dg_dave]
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I've done it before and got my profile on a few social networking sites (that I no longer belong to). Sometimes I just search people's names out of curiosity, even the characters from my novel!

Slightly off-topic, but kind of related: once I was Googling for scholarship on a Latin text to write an essay, and the quiz I wrote for the book on here came up on the Google search! I was pretty pleased. laugh
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#627107 - Fri May 20 2011 05:53 PM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: AlexxSchneider]
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I googled my name and I didn't come up, but a romance novelist did. I've never heard of her though!

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#627109 - Fri May 20 2011 06:10 PM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: golfmom08]
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I googled my full name & apparently I'm a well known Catholic bishop. I made a note to myself to purchase one of those pointy ceremonial hats worn by Catholic bishops. My wife will definitely be impressed.

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#627112 - Fri May 20 2011 07:26 PM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: GavinXL]
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I used to show up in a google search for my name, on a list of graduating students on my university's website but it doesn't seem to turn up any more. I graduated two years ago though, maybe they no longer have that list posted on their site.
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#627113 - Fri May 20 2011 07:49 PM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: guitargoddess]
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I managed to find a few with my name - a couple of them quite distinguished in their professional fields and one rich enough to own aircraft.

One lady authored a number of craft books and I am very into handcrafts, so I wrote to her and we corresponded for a little while. She even sent me copies of some of her books. It did feel quite funny addressing letters to my own name.
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#627130 - Fri May 20 2011 08:19 PM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: MotherGoose]
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Yep.. as far as I went.. 4 pages of search results, I'm the only me there is !
Being president of the local branch of a world wide service club accounted for a few ; having written a few papers on various subjects in the past, a few more; and I'm listed as a staff member in present job, and as a volunteer member is several others. Genealogy sites account for the rest.
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#627164 - Sat May 21 2011 03:25 AM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: tezza1551]
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Apparently I'm a famous writer and a famous painter when I googled my real name - neither which is true laugh Maybe it is because I tend to use "Jane Marple" (with a number) on most websites.
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#627185 - Sat May 21 2011 06:52 AM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: JaneMarple]
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If I just google my name in, then there are a few me's, from professionals to a porn star, but if I google my name and the town I live in, then the real me is mentioned, quite a few times. I am quite involved in the local community, as well as being president of a well known expat social club, so from legal documents that I have published to articles of entertainment, and other activities I have been involved in, it seems that quite a bit of real me is on the net.

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#627316 - Sat May 21 2011 12:19 PM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: szabs]
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I found myself listed as a former student of my high school which is correct. It also seems I've moved to Canada, gone blonde and have married! *checks mirror* Nope, still in Oz, still brunette, and still interviewing. wink
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#627425 - Sat May 21 2011 05:42 PM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: Tizzabelle]
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If I type in my full name there is no record of me (and frankly, that's the way I like it). My husband, on the other hand, is listed 3 times on the first google page.
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#627431 - Sat May 21 2011 06:28 PM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: Jakeroo]
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CS, the other one's all plastic...keep that in mind


Thanks Dave! laugh
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#627434 - Sat May 21 2011 07:01 PM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: ClaraSue]
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Apparently there's 16 people on Facebook with my name.
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#627437 - Sat May 21 2011 07:51 PM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: MotherGoose]
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Just checked Facebook... I'm the only person of my name on that as well !
The only other person I knew with exactly the same name as me
was my late husband.. only the spelling of "Terri/ Terry" was different.
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#627681 - Mon May 23 2011 04:00 AM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: tezza1551]
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There's a well respected academic in Australia who shares my name. She has lots of lovely letters after her name, and is published, and seems to be one of the top people in her field. laugh
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#627683 - Mon May 23 2011 04:25 AM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: Rowena8482]
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And I thought you were unique, Row. I clearly have a common name as I'm an artist, a singer, an estate agent, an author and I run an education foundation and that's just on the first page. I'm pretty sure the real me doesn't appear as I rarely use my real name.
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#655753 - Thu Sep 22 2011 05:39 PM Re: Are you the real you? [Re: rossian]
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Apparently I'm well known wildlife photographer in Scotland,nice to hear i'm doing so well for myself,good for me;},

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