Last year I mentioned the fun of Googling Yourself, now I recommend setting up “Google Alerts” for yourself. My friend Daniel Decker (my website’s creator and guru) set up “Google Alerts” that email me every time someone mentions me on their website. Often there are other guys named Eric Bryant doing or saying interesting things:
Eric Bryant, the attorney who pulled off a citizen’s arrest of a police officer who was parking illegally in Portland.
Eric Bryant, the musician and philosopher who sees the Western view of marriage as “utter poverty.”
Eric Bryant from Charlotte who is making a heavy metal album for kids.
By the way, so far all the pics I have seen of these other Eric Bryants seem to show they too have bald heads. What are the odds!
Try Googling “joe Miller”… not a good strategy when your name is more common than mud.
I did the same thing on my blog on April 22… I’ll save you looking it up:
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So last week I decided to do a Google search on my own name (for some reason the phrase “Google myself” doesn’t sound right) and discovered that there were dozens of people with my name. (I was going to call them “homonames” after homonym but it didn’t sound right, either.) Anyway, one of me is even in a list of quotations:
“Fighting terrorism is like being a goalkeeper. You can make a hundred brilliant saves but the only shot that people remember is the one that gets past you.” – Paul Wilkinson.
You should also check out FaveBot.com — it can track keywords / phrases in podcasts, videos, blog posts, news articles, (new) books, etc. Plus it can find local events matching your keywords. You can track your output (results) on the site or via RSS feeds.