I Googled Myself

I must admit, this is not the first time that I have Googled myself, and it probably will not be the last! I think that it is more common to do now than it used to be, because of how often people use the internet to find out about someone. For example, I have applied for quite a few jobs in my lifetime, so I have had to Google myself in order to see what will show up when my employers do the same thing, because they have, and they will continue to do so. Luckily, I have yet to find anything too concerning when I search my name online.

When I search “Kayla Lambert”, the only thing that I find that is directly related to me is my Facebook page. When I click on it, it shows me my page, but with limited information available because in order to see my personal information, I have to accept you as my friend. There are a few pictures that are related to me because they are some of my close friends, but it confused me because I am not tagged in the photos! The internet must show pictures that I have liked before along with pictures that I have posted. This could be dangerous because if I ever liked any picture that could be controversial, such as a picture filled with alcohol, I could end up hurting my own image.

One thing that I found to be easily accessible when searching my name in different ways was my Twitter page. Just by Googling my name, I was able to see my Twitter page and quite a few of the tweets that I have written. I do not think this could be too dangerous for me because I have been warned to be cautious with what I tweet and put on social media. I think that if I wouldn’t have known that employers look into social media accounts, I could have gotten myself into trouble just based on things such as curse words. I am really grateful that my school has always let me know to be careful with everything that I put online under my name because it could make or break me someday.

Although I didn’t find anything too juicy when I Googled my name, I did find that more information is available under my name than what I expected. This just goes to show that you can find out a lot about a person by simply typing their name into a search engine. We should all be careful about things that we Tweet or post, and even things that we “like” on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc. Our name is going to be online forever, so we should never do anything that we wouldn’t find acceptable for the whole world, including our future boss, to see.

Thanks for reading!

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17 thoughts on “I Googled Myself

  1. thinkwild141921266 says:

    Great post! It’s always helpful like you said to Google yourself every once and a while just to see how much information is out there, even if there’s nothing too “juicy” being spread around. Your language and prose is captivating and makes it really easy to read!

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  2. kymberliemarrilldiglit says:

    I have googled myself a few times in the past and it has changed, but only because I have gotten into some different things. It used to be all about my swimming times and accomplishments and now you won’t even find those on the first page. My facebook page and twitter page show up, but I rarely post on facebook, I post more now because I am getting married and I have an adorable dog but those won’t hurt me, and my twitter page is only for this class so it shouldn’t hurt me either. Great post!

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    • kaylasdiglitclass says:

      That is good! It is comforting to know that what people will see about you will not hurt your reputation or your chances for a job at all! You have done a great job of being a digital citizen šŸ™‚

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      • kymberliemarrilldiglit says:

        I feel like I am basically the same digital citizen as I am a normal citizen, both pretty boring. I don’t go out or post or talk to a whole lot of people. I’d rather stay at home with a small group of friends and keep more to myself than go out and party and share everything about my life online.

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      • kaylasdiglitclass says:

        Kymberlie, there is nothing wrong with that! I sometimes find myself in the same boat. If it weren’t for my friends, I would be alone 24/7 because that is just more comfortable for me! I think that being this way definitely helps when it comes to digital citizenship because we are also more reserved on our technological platform!

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  3. Shayna says:

    I really enjoyed reading your post. I think this would be a great lesson to teach students. When you google yourself did any personal information come up? I know mine did, like my phone number and address and my family. I felt a little crept out by that not going to lie. I think your post was great. Thank you for sharing.

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    • kaylasdiglitclass says:

      When I googled my name, I did not find anything too personal, such as my phone number, but I assume that it is online somewhere because of how often I have to put it in to order things or create profiles! Scary!

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      • Shayna says:

        I think the reason for that is maybe because I have no other way people can contact me. I’m not fully sure, but I was very scared by it.

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  4. torisblogpost says:

    Isn’t it so crazy how the internet can find something so simple as a post you’ve liked?! I tend to be extremely cautious online, just like you, but I have probably liked a picture in the past that I wouldn’t necessarily want to be associated with if an employer looked me up. It seems like you had an overall good experience with this assignment, which is always good!

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  5. madisonseamann says:

    Kayla,
    It’s good to hear that nothing bad popped up with your name. I think it’s crazy all that could be available to someone just by googling your name. I think it’s good that more people are being wise with what they post now a days.
    Madison Seamann

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  6. morgansblog914975884 says:

    Great post! It is crazy to think that a simple “like” can be traced back to a post. As you said, hopefully it is not very personal, such as an image with alcohol. I too am happy that my schools, and family, constantly reminded me to be careful of what I put online. I feel it helped a lot!

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    • kaylasdiglitclass says:

      It is totally crazy to see the random things that pop up with your name! Things that you might not even remember liking or posting or being tagged in! It is always a good idea to be safe with what we are posting.

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    • kaylasdiglitclass says:

      It is scary to think about, isn’t it? I recently read that everything you delete from profiles, phones, or computers is saved onto many different hard drives that can be accessed at anytime! If I wasn’t cautious of what I posted before, I am now!

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