I must admit that I live in a naive world because I didn’t think that my digital identity would be very much. I don’t consider myself someone who “puts themselves out there” nor did I think that I did much on-line. Now I understand that my digital identity has increased ten-fold since I began this class, but I never imagined that if I Googled my own name so many things would come up. When I googled my name, the first thing that comes up is a write-up that I did for a friend. She was my Hypnobirthing instructor and she had asked my to do a write-up on the birth experience I had after using Hypnobirthing for the first time. I fully expected to find this when I searched my name because I had seen it in the past. However, some of the other things that came up surprised me a little. In my free time I like to run and in the past few years I have participated in numerous running events. Now I knew that when the race was over that I could go on-line and find my official time. I never really thought about this much however and i guess I just figured that the only was you could see this information would be to log onto the race site and click to view the results. I was a little surprised to see that if I google my name, I can find my race time for the Flatlanders Road Race that I ran in October of 2010. I also didn’t realize that when I tweet something that that can also be found under a Google search.
Now there are many things about my digital identity that I did know about. I have a Facebook account, although I am not very active. I occasionally post (although it is rare); I rarely put up pictures; I don’t often post on other peoples status updates. I find Facebook is a good way to keep up with what people are doing but I don’t believe that my life is that interesting that anyone would want to know what I am up to. I know there are pictures of me on Facebook but they are often posted by people that I know. I am not sure how I feel about this however. I don’t like that just anyone can put a picture of me on Facebook without my approval. My children have pictures on Facebook, but my husband does it many so that family members can see them. When my children are referred to on Facebook, usually it is not but name but rather by the first letter of their name or some silly name that my husband has made up for them. Our unborn child has yet to make an appearance on-line (no, we didn’t put up any ultrasound pictures) but the day that it is born, I am certain a picture along with information will be up for all to see. Once again, we would hate to not let everyone know immediately what was going on!
Once again returning to the theme of my digital identity and not that of my children, I guess that I was shocked by what I could find out there that referenced my name. There were a few links that had my name and then a phone number following it. When I clicked on the links however it did not direct me towards a website where I could find this information. I am a little confused as to how information such as that is available when I know that I didn’t consent to it but I have no idea how to see the actual website where I can view this information. I have to say however that my digital identity seems in line with my “real life” identity. There doesn’t appear to be anything embarrassing or incriminating on-line and anything that comes up seems respectful. I try to live a respectful life and it is nice to see that if you searched for me on-line that this is also what you would find.
Was anyone else shocked by what they found out about themselves when they Googled their name? It is definitely interesting what one can find out about themselves by simply looking their name up on-line.