Wow, I didn’t mean for that to sound so, um, rude!
But truthfully, when was the last time you’ve “Googled” yourself?
A few months?
What do you mean I can google myself? (a.k.a. Never googled yourself)
Google is a powerful tool you use daily. (Don’t lie, I know you google who that actor was in that movie you saw back in 1993.)
You use Google to find businesses, places to shop, to research prices for an expensive item you want to purchase.
But one of the more practical uses for Google is to check up on your internet identity..
When you share something on the internet, it’s there for a very, very, very long time. Some people would even say, forever.
Now that you’ve been using the internet for the last decade, socially and, for pretty much every single thing you do, I’m pretty sure you’ve left quite an extensive digital footprint.
Do this right now:
Go to Google
Enter your first and last name.
Grab your favorite beverage (🍺🍷🍹🍸☕️🚰🥤), and see your life pass before your eyes.
Okay, I’m dramatic. But, I’m pretty sure that the results that popped up will surprise you in some unexpected ways.
For example, here is the search for my name.
I can see at least two results I need to update, and more than one that shouldn’t be on the web anymore.
The first result I want to check on is the result of the Boulder County Arts Alliance. I created this listing a few years ago, and I want to make sure it’s current. I’m going to click on this link and check things out, make any changes and, if needed, delete my listing with them.
The first result I want to check on is the result of the Boulder County Arts Alliance. I created this listing a few years ago, and I want to make sure it’s current.
The second result I want to check on is the result of the Firehouse Art Center. I can already tell this one is out of date because “Arts Longmont” dissolved back in 2019.
Next, I want to address one result I think shouldn’t show up in a Google search:
From 2015 until 2018, I worked for a real estate group called The Red Door Group, located in Westminster, Colorado.
And if you go to their website today, my page isn’t there. But is it??
I don’t want to go into detail about “cached web pages” on Google’s servers. In a nutshell, Google likes to store a “picture” of specific webpages if someone wants to see them again at some point. The problem is, there are a lot of dead webpages sitting in Google cached files.
Typically, there’s not a lot you can do about this. I suggest if you’re concerned, reach out to the owner of the website. You can visit https://lookup.icann.org and contact the owner of the domain name directly.
Have fun this week, “GOOGLING” yourself! Let me know what whacky results you get.
And don’t forget to check out my training videos.