Google-ID (Assignment)

One of the things we are talking about this week is your “personal brand,” and how to shape what you look like online. To that end, you are going to do an investigation of two people: yourself, and a member of faculty here in the School of Informatics. First, seek out any information you can find online about yourself (and your doppelgangers). If you were applying for a job, and someone googled you, what would they discover about you. Don’t just stop at Google, though, try some other search engines and some of the deeper recesses of the web. What is your “Google Number”? Who are your known associates? What kind of a picture can you build up from what you find online. Keep a log: where did you look and what did you find out. Post this information to your blog.

Do this first for yourself. However, depending on how old you are and how public your life is, you may not find too much. Therefore, in addition to investigating your own image online, choose one of the faculty of the School of Informatics, and build up an online profile of that person. Ask the same kinds of questions: what picture emerges when you try to find out about them online?

Deadline: Internet-time, baby. Post to your blog before Tuesday (10/5), midnight.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted 10/3/2004 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to recommend clusty.com/. If you look part the not-very-catchy name, the results are pretty cool and mostly accurate. I judge the accuracy by how close the results are to Google, because Google is God

  2. Posted 10/3/2004 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Agreed: Clusty is especially good for this assignment, since it does a lot of the,er, clustering work for you. Especially useful if you are getting back a lot of results.

  3. Posted 10/4/2004 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    some patients have googled me under the context of checking out your doctor: funny conversations that also become engaging, and seem to transpire in a team atmosphere in double checking meds (social networking to prevent med errors: it can be a fun ritual) i avoid politics.

    there is a medical legal aspect to this: HIPAA, as most know, but also, stuff about on how i handle information, patterns, anthropologic observations and not winding up in court to delineate my parrallel team fragmentation theory that is medicare driven and that social networking software can prevent (opinion at this point): i have an aversion to making a pen name, but while writing some edgar allen poe like stuff for fun (during the man of the crowd thing, i found myself held back, not going for it as i would in a written journal: the thought of an audience touches upon a narcisitic need to express and exhibit that become an existensial verification of self.

    hidden in the comments is a poetic essay fragmented, only visible to the google search, and the curious electronic archive archeologist

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  1. […] n the keyboard, especially since I didn’t post any of this biographical information. Halavais and Kara Kerwin (on Halavais’ site) suggest a […]

  2. […] n the keyboard, especially since I didn’t post any of this biographical information. Halavais and Kara Kerwin (on Halavais’ site) suggest also using Clusty to search for information. […]

  3. […] n the keyboard, especially since I didn’t post any of this biographical information. Halavais and Kara Kerwin (on Halavais’ site) suggest also using Clusty to search for information. […]

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