Quick Check

August 26th, 2010

Do you think that it is advantageous to have a name that is generic enough to make Googling you hard? My first instinct is that unless you are trying to work in the arts it is. I started thinking about this because career services here at the school talks about sanitizing your online presence. There’s nothing on this site I’m particularly embarrassed by, though I suppose potential employers reading my short fiction could be embarrassing. But I’m also “protected” by the sheer number of Ian Macleods out there. We are legion. But what if both your first and last name were common English words. I knew a guy in high school who’s first and last names were both building materials. I imagine it’s almost impossible get Google information on him, or at least it takes a fair chunk of digging. Does he think that is a blessing or a curse?

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