Just Google Me?

Do You Exist Without Google?

May 4, 2011 by

I heard a really interesting report today on NPR’s Morning Addition.  Seems that Google has re-configured its search algorithm in an effort to further control how something appears in their search listing.  Here’s the link if you want to read the whole story: Google Search Tweaks Puts a Company at Risk.

What that got me thinking was, what happens when I say, “Just Google me for my info.” Since I haven’t updated my website or kept up with my Linkedin, Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, pick your social site lately, will I no longer exist on Google.  And if I don’t exist on Google, do I exist?  If I don’t exist, then who am I?  Oh it all comes back to me now…Who am I, why am I here and all those wonderful existential questions we felt so compelled to answer in our youth.

Well one of the luxuries of “maturing” is that I don’t really struggle with such esoteric issues any longer.  I’m more of the …”Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”  — Dr. Seuss sort of type now.

I don’t worry about who I am because I figure that after all this time, I am who I am…ME.  And I don’t worry about where I’m going because I’ve learned that it’s all about the journey, not about the destination.  Do I still struggle with issues, of course I do.  I wish I could finally take care of my weight issues, my body issues, my money issues, my love issues….Oh I’ve got issues to spare.

But I can’t get bogged down in the minutia of the issue or I’ll never tackle the problem.  I’m learning to take the long view, to be patient with myself and my friends, to give as good as I get, and to not sweat the small stuff.  Call me a walking cliche, I don’t mind because I’ve learned that there is no way I could ever be a cliche, at least not in my mind.  And isn’t really what I think of me that matters the most.

So go ahead, Google me….you’ll find someone with my exact name who runs some big area at Warner Bros. Pictures (pretty funny since I’m a filmmaker) and there is a wonderful graphic artist with my name too.  But interesting as these women may be, they are not me.

What about you?  Does it matter where you are in Google world or the real world?

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Debra Pearlman Has Written 23 Articles For Us!

I own my production company, Peal Productions LLC. I now make my living as a documentary filmmaker who specializes in natural history and wildlife. I get to travel and experience amazing things, but I also know how hard it is to be a woman of a certain age, trying to make a living. I expanded my production company to include work in digital media, social media, and website design. This combines my photography/graphic arts/environmental science degrees and keeps me employed.
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