Friday, January 29, 2010
Are You Google-able?
As you probably know or have figured out, I do not use my whole real name here. Nor the names of my husband or boyz. But if you "know" me on Facebook or in real life, then you know my identity. Obviously. So it's certainly not a top secret protected by Jack Bauer.
I Google myself on a fairly regular basis. Just to check and make sure that my real name isn't anywhere I don't want it to be. The only place my whole name (with my maiden name) is linked to this blog is through Facebook, and I have all my settings set to private. (Are your photo settings set to "Only Friends Can See"? If not, anyone who isn't necessarily your friend can still see all your Facebook pictures on your profile!)
If anyone from my work or town Googled my current name, they would merely discover that I have run a few road races and that there are a few others who share my name. Of course, anyone putting in any sort of effort could quickly link me to this blog. But I don't have anything to hide.
And, on the flip side of trying to remain somewhat anonymous, I do post real pictures of myself and my family. So there's that. Which is a whole 'nother issue (for those of you who choose not to).
Anyway, even though I'm probably easily "discoverable", I just feel better not using my real last name or my family's real names. So there.
How about you, though? Are you Google-able? (Do you care?)
Is your real name linked to your blog? Do you post pictures of your children on your blog?