That time I caused a national scandal in Singapore

One thing I don’t think I’ve ever admitted to here is the frequency with which I Google myself.

Usually this throws up nothing too surprising – aside from recent bylines, the odd link from another site to something I’ve written, or a comment I’ve left on a site that must be of higher page ranking than I imagined.

On a whim, I typed my own name into the search bar on Friday.

HOLY COW.

I – or rather, someone sharing my name – was apparently embroiled in a national scandal involving corruption, fraud, and accusations of sexual favours. It was all over the Singaporean news. Awkward.

Suddenly, it all made sense. Why I’d had 100 people, mostly from south-east Asia, viewing my LinkedIn profile the other week, when usually that number is more like 5-10. Why people have been Googling my name (and landing on the website I work at).

Guess making the headlines in Singapore will do that for you.

I’ve never set up a Google alert for my own name – it somehow seemed too narcissistic. Maybe it’s time, though.

Bitch has totally ruined my Google search results.

4 thoughts on “That time I caused a national scandal in Singapore

  • Reply nicoleandmaggie June 25, 2012 at 00:47

    I share the same name with someone much older whose claim to fame was making ridiculous comments on one of those international scandal cases from a few years back because she was friends with one of the participants. She’s also on her home owner association board. (Her name is also by marriage, not by birth.)

    My mom shared the same name with a woman with really really bad credit, and found out the hard way, having to disentangle the two identities with the credit monitoring agencies. Luckily her name doppelganger was same name by marriage only and got divorced and remarried finally, so the danger passed.

  • Reply Bridget June 25, 2012 at 05:26

    bahahahahahaha best!

  • Reply myjampackedlife June 25, 2012 at 10:42

    LOL. Hate when that happens….

  • Reply Emily Jane June 27, 2012 at 15:22

    LOL awesome! I don’t think I’ve ever Googled myself. I’m actually a little scared to. There’s probably all sorts of embarrassing stuff from my livejournal and myspace days I never got around to deactivating floating around…

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