Sunday, January 27, 2008

Validation, at last

Ever Google yourself?

I do, periodically, to see if I really exist. In past Googles of my first and last name I have discovered that there are several women out there with my name. One has a tech job in Silicon Valley, one works in the dentistry industry, one is a photographer, one works with animals. There are several genealogy reports online, too. While my name is listed there, I don't know any of the families included with my name. None of them are me.

Lately I've been poking around and joining some popular websites. They have an interesting network concept and I figure it would be fun and maybe even useful to join, so I did. (You could check these out if you haven't already done so.) Starting last week I have joined Digg, StumbleUpon,, and Flickr. From what I gather, Digg and StumbleUpon are different concepts with similar results: they let other people see what you think is interesting. (pronounced "delicious," and I have no idea why they use the spelling they do) is like the previous two but uses links from your own Favorites list. It's pretty neat. Flickr is an online photo sharing program with cool features.

Anyhoo, with all this new activity my name has had, I thought I'd try Googling myself again to see if I really exist.

I do. I really do this time. My name is at the top of the first page on Google. In the many years that I've been Googling myself, (pretty much since Google began,) this is the first time it's shown up anywhere within the first ten pages on Google and I'm so excited!

If you're reading this, thinking, "What's the big deal? Who cares?" it's kind of like the thrill you got as a kid when you found your family's name and phone number in the phone book for the first time. It somehow validates your existence.

If you've ever Googled yourself - or a business that you own - I bet you understand this kind of satisfaction.

By the way, what's the listing that has me so excited? My Digg profile. (Currently showing the story about my mom's ugly Christmas tree at the top of the profile.) And just for the record, if you enjoyed reading anything here, please click the yellow "Digg" chicklet below the story to let me know you liked it.

This totally made my day. Just had to share. :o)

1 comment:

  1. Sadly, my excitement was short-lived. I couldn't even find myself on the first page the next day, where I was buried more than 10 pages deep. (I gave up after 10 pages.)

    Well, that was a nice 15 minutes of fame.