I just Googled myself. In this case, I have some sales visits coming up, and I had assiduously searched the names of all the other people. Then I thought: what will they get if they search me?
An article in Google help encourages you to “manage your online reputation”. So off I went searching for myself. And there I was.
It was a humbling experience and also uplifting experience: people I didn’t know quoted from my book. Reviews of products I wrote long ago – before I was aware of the importance of managing my “online reputation” – are still coming up in the search.
The websearch makes visible for our online reputation what must be true in also all our other reputations: we are connected. The chance remark travels in some serendipitous way and arrives in foreign lands. We are quoted, remembered, alluded to, in context and out-of-context.
So what we say and do is important, matters, and has an almost unimaginable reach.
I return from my Google search more aware, and awed.
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