1 billion names are googled every day.
We all look at ourselves in the mirror from time to time, to see if everything is where it’s supposed to be. Last night I googled my name, and I was once again reminded of how much work I have before Google begins to acknowledge me. You know, Google knows some people by name, right? It even asks if you want to know about their wife too, check below:
If you are one of those whose name is acknowledged by Google making it his duty to complete it after someone inputs the first three letters, you might have made it in life. I am not talking about serial killers.
You might be wondering what I was doing looking myself up as if I didn’t know a LinkedIn head mugshot I uploaded months ago would be the best thing I will find. I am not narcissistic but I am a learner. I have been learning about branding in the 21st century.
We now live in the information age where the first impression means someone will search about you online. The instinctive reaction of anyone who meets you for the first time now is to Google your name. I do that. Businesses do that. Recently the United States “officially” announced they do that for their visa applications. It is not weird, it is self-care.
The world has two homes. Our physical bodies stay offline while our behaviour, social habits, aspirations and many other activities are now online residents.
Since online is the new village square where you find everyone every time, it is prudent that people are searching for people online. You will be surprised by how many times your name is googled in a month!
I was happy, my name didn’t show up muddled in some 5-year-old rape case. You don’t know how much it takes to explain yourself out of a similar name and surname scenario. There are people who are explaining themselves at every turn. I feel for them.
You do not want to be missing opportunities because people do not trust you based on what they have found online. Take time to learn about online ethics, etiquette and values that portray a better image about yourself.
Online hardly forgets, it always stores a record of everything somewhere. This, however, should not stop you from deleting whatever you feel does not portray you so well. Narrow yourself to defined online accounts, invest in building them until they are places you can quickly and safely refer someone to.
Have you ever googled yourself? Were you happy with what you found? Share with me your experience.