Have You Ever Typed Your Name In A Search Engine? - You'd Be Surprised

United States
March 7, 2007 9:44pm CST
I just typed my name into the Google and Yahoo serch engines and came away pretty surprised. I didn't know that so many things you do on the internet were indexed archieved. I found over 10 different search results with my name in it. There were messages I posted in the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper that I posted after the death of James Brown. There was a post of mine in the Village Voice newspaper in New York. There were about 5 messages I posted in different business opportunity forums. And two of my online businesses were also indexed. There wasn't anything bad listed or any personal information, however I found it fascinating that so much of what we post on the internet is indexed and archeived. Have you ever Googled your name? If so, what did you find? Lloyd
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42 responses
• India
8 Mar 07
Yup I have sure done it long back and to my astonishment, the first few results were my results from various entrance examinations and others were my results from various contests I had played online or offline. And I also found out a lot of people having the simmilar names as my name is so much different that I thought only I have it. Any ways it was quite fun. Take Care May GOD Bless YOU
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• United States
9 Mar 07
Isn't is something how so many people have the same names? I thought I was the only one with my name. But there are so many listed. Thanks for the Blessing. I needed that tonight. Your friend. Lloyd
@subspeed (160)
• Maldives
8 Mar 07
YER i tryed .... nothing SO surprising came up ...... LOL ...
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• United States
9 Mar 07
Well you are one of the lucky ones. Many people here have seen something come up. Thanks for replying. Lloyd
• India
8 Mar 07
i share my name wid a famous media personality so whenever i search my name in a search engine i find articles related to him
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• United States
9 Mar 07
Are you sure you aren't the famous media personality? lol At first I thought this subject was frightening, now it seems like fun. Thanks. Lloyd
@joby_09 (498)
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
Yes i have tried this. But searches resulted to zero. I haven't made any post using my real name. I think that's the reason for it. =)
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• United States
9 Mar 07
That might be the reason. I never knew they indexed and archieved our personal information. Thanks for replying. Lloyd
@lauczi (964)
• Poland
8 Mar 07
i did it just now and i was surprised becoz there was nothing! i mean i thought that as i am registered to so many programs systems and so on i would be there. but i can say that the systems really dont reveal users data. and im happy about it. but if i type my login nickname there will be plenty of me there. but at that point i dont mind it.
• United States
9 Mar 07
You are one of the few who didn't find anything. Maybe that is a good thing. I love your Avatar. Lloyd
@kris_02ph (564)
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
yeah i tried that a long time ago. i saw my blog page and other parts of my blog page in the results. i saw also some of my other accounts from different websites.
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• United States
8 Mar 07
Did you see anything that you thought shouldn't have been there? What kind of accounts from different websites did you see? Lloyd
• United States
8 Mar 07
Yes, an amazing amount of stuff comes up. My name pops up in student directories from college, articles I've written years ago, forums I no longer visit, old interviews, etc. The real kicker is Zabasearch.com though...a little scary actually. You can damn near find anyone on there, which is great if you're desperately trying to look for a long-lost friend, but I don't want MY information being all out there like that lol. I heard to get your name removed from that directory, you have to get a new post office box or something...so that the search engine gives that result instead of your real address. You have to go through all that trouble just to have information you never volunteered removed. Ugh.
@Slashher (117)
• Denmark
8 Mar 07
:P I use pseudonyms all the time :P
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@freak369 (4724)
• United States
8 Mar 07
+ feedback .. you spelled "pseudonyms" right :]
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• United States
9 Mar 07
+ here too. Now here is my question. I heard the word pseudonyms before. What exactly is it? Thanks. Lloyd
• Philippines
9 Mar 07
it's a false name, stage name, pen name, an alias...
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• Philippines
8 Mar 07
Yes I did. Just for fun. I was quite surprised to find my name in a news article. It was about the microfinance program we were implementing in select credit unions in the area serving the poor communities. In my excitement, I printed a page of the article... as a souvenir, 'coz I never got around to really reading it from the newspaper itself. :) Isn't it exciting? To realize you made a small contribution in the community... :)
• United States
9 Mar 07
It kind of make me feel good too. Knowing that you have a place in this huge internet world. Thanks. Lloyd
• Philippines
9 Mar 07
:) yeah, i know the feeling. thanks. btw, i like the way you make a conscious effort in responding back to the comments on your discussion... on almost every single one of them. keep it up!
@wenfri (1188)
• Canada
9 Mar 07
Typed in my name and WOW Somehow I already knew that Wendy's (hamburger joint like McDonald's for those who don't know about it) came up first Checked the first 5 pages but not checking anymore LOL Got 3,190,000 hits for my name alone If you have special username try that too You will also be amazed LOL WEndy
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• United States
10 Mar 07
Over 3 million hits. It would take you a lifetime to check all those out. lol Looks like the hamburger joint go a monopoly on the name Wendy. Thanks. Lloyd
@wmg2006 (5386)
• United States
9 Mar 07
I haven't but now I am going too. Hold on let's see what comes up. WOW I was shocked to. There are 1, 160,000 searches with my name. Guess what though? None of them are about me. LOL If they were I would be a millionaire. There is a real estate company with my name, lawyers, leads, and technology businesses. It was fun though.
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• United States
10 Mar 07
That's sure a lot of searches from your name. It must be a very popular one. Lloyd
• United States
9 Mar 07
when i usually do that i find people with the same name as me its interesting though and its something i do when i get really bored.
• United States
10 Mar 07
Did you find any interesting people with that same name as yours. Lloyd
• Philippines
9 Mar 07
yeah and i was surprised cause the website i did when i was in college is still running.. is just a simple website with some of the imformation about me. beside that theres this also one site where i send some quotes and poems.
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• United States
10 Mar 07
I guess you really have to be careful about what you put on the internet. It could come back and haunt you. Lloyd
8 Mar 07
i have, and there is an american actress with my name...but i had been informed about that a few years before...it was very funny though
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• United States
9 Mar 07
Do you no if she acted on television or in the movies? Is she very famous? Lloyd
• United States
8 Mar 07
I tried this just for fun and came up with NOTHING to do with ME. But a singer *L* its like that isnt me! I used to hear about "googling" each other to see what you come up with. Well if you tried that on me you'd get squat *L* oh well its all good :p
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• United States
9 Mar 07
Who knows? Maybe it might be a good thing that you didn't find anything. Lloyd
@mythmoh (3994)
• United States
8 Mar 07
i did it once and i got 2-3 pages of result.I think my name is somewhat common in my country so i got 2-3 pages.Ofcourse the links which directly points me are 5.The site to which i am writing articles,another forum,the faculty list of the college to which i ahve worked,My research paper published in a international journal and also in the alumini page of the college in which i studied my engineering.
• United States
9 Mar 07
Sounds like you written some interesting articles if they are published in a international journal. What did you write about? LLoyd
@kurtbiewald (2629)
• United States
8 Mar 07
yeah I have mostly my brother and nephew have written stuff so they come up more than me
• United States
9 Mar 07
What kinds of things do your brother and nephew write? Lloyd
• United States
8 Mar 07
Yea, I found my name in a sparring ranking thing for a tournament I competed in :) I was like, cool.
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• United States
9 Mar 07
It kinds of make you think that you are a part of this huge world we live in. Glad that you thought it was "cool".
@freak369 (4724)
• United States
8 Mar 07
I fly 'under the wire' so when I type in my name there may be results but they are for someone that has the same last name as me or incorrect results. Way too many whack jobs and psychos out there to have your info all over the net so you can request that certain sites remove it or dont publish it.
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• United States
9 Mar 07
You are right. There are a lot of crazy people out there. You have to be careful. Lloyd
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
8 Mar 07
No I have never tried typing my name in a search engine but I have typed other family name in there. Wow it sounds amazing I must have a try and see what they have in my name. Thank you for this information it is very valuable information.
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• United States
9 Mar 07
It is amazing. Please get back to us if you find anything interesting. Lloyd