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.
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.