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(Salt Lake Tribune)   Dear Carolyn: I have been on a few wonderful dates with this man. Out of curiosity, I Googled his name. Signed: "Wish I Never Googled"   (sltrib.com) divider line 179
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2013-11-24 09:46:40 AM
Mike Hunt ?


DRTFA
 
2013-11-24 09:48:51 AM
Lame. Bring back Prudie! Her fake, made up letters are far more entertaining.

/Glad to have a common name
//Bonus: nobody with my name appears to have a criminal record
//Double bonus: They all appear to be executives and successful business people.
 
2013-11-24 09:48:54 AM
Years ago, my sister googled her name. She came across an article about a woman (of the same name) married to a woman (with my name) who was murdered by the other one.

Still creeps me out a bit.
 
2013-11-24 09:49:10 AM
Josef Fritzl?
 
2013-11-24 09:51:55 AM
Just so I have this straight: He already told her there were problems involving his family that he didn't want to talk to her about yet, but she's not really going to wait for him to tell her before she freaks out?

RUN away, dude. She';s going through your cell phone every time you go to the can right now.
 
2013-11-24 09:52:51 AM
Wow, sounds like the woman's field guide to manipulation. "I know your secret. You don't have to talk about it, but I know the major issue you've been avoiding discussing."

Don't worry, he'll open up...

/The door to leave.
 
2013-11-24 09:53:08 AM
I have a relatively uncommon name. The only person that appears to share it writes really lurid online novels/stories about gay sex. Lucky me.
 
2013-11-24 09:53:37 AM
Gene Masseth?
 
2013-11-24 09:56:33 AM
From the other side of the coin, things like this is why "online reputation management" is becoming the next big thing. Basically, if bad stuff comes up high in search results when people search for your name, there are things you can do to "push" that stuff down.

Basic: Create public, fully filled-out profiles on all social networks (Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) Buy a domain for your name (or as close as possible) and put up a basic site. Remember: You don't have to tell your phone number and SSN -- a lot of the information can be general and/or "not entirely accurate."

The way Google is going, a person's profiles and websites will usually take up the first page or two of search results, and other items will be pushed down. It's almost impossible to get third-party things removed from search results, but this is a good way to help.

/ No, I don't have anything to hide
// I work in online marketing
 
2013-11-24 09:56:37 AM

Three Crooked Squirrels: I have a relatively uncommon name. The only person that appears to share it writes really lurid online novels/stories about gay sex. Lucky me.


You should start a blog about how you're secretly straight.
 
2013-11-24 09:56:43 AM

WordyGrrl: Lame. Bring back Prudie! Her fake, made up letters are far more entertaining.

/Glad to have a common name
//Bonus: nobody with my name appears to have a criminal record
//Double bonus: They all appear to be executives and successful business people.


Two people share my name, one is a boxer while another is a priest.

Not sure if that's good or bad, honestly...
 
2013-11-24 09:57:01 AM
Mystery vs. History.

"Haaave you met Ted...Bundy?"

img5.imageshack.us
 
2013-11-24 09:58:48 AM
>But I came across an article about the trial of his father for murdering his mother.

Well, not every family gets along.
 
2013-11-24 09:58:58 AM

bostonguy: From the other side of the coin, things like this is why "online reputation management" is becoming the next big thing. Basically, if bad stuff comes up high in search results when people search for your name, there are things you can do to "push" that stuff down.

Basic: Create public, fully filled-out profiles on all social networks (Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) Buy a domain for your name (or as close as possible) and put up a basic site. Remember: You don't have to tell your phone number and SSN -- a lot of the information can be general and/or "not entirely accurate."

The way Google is going, a person's profiles and websites will usually take up the first page or two of search results, and other items will be pushed down. It's almost impossible to get third-party things removed from search results, but this is a good way to help.

/ No, I don't have anything to hide
// I work in online marketing


Oh, and if someone goes through dozens of pages of search results after meeting a date for the first or second time, that's just creepy.
 
2013-11-24 10:00:33 AM
Luckily no one else in the world has my name - can be a double-edged sword though...
 
2013-11-24 10:01:40 AM

mike_d85: Wow, sounds like the woman's field guide to manipulation. "I know your secret. You don't have to talk about it, but I know the major issue you've been avoiding discussing."

Don't worry, he'll open up...

/The door to leave.


Oh please, everyone googles people these days. In a society where we are dating people who we often aren't able to ask our friends and relatives if they are good people, it simply makes logical sense. People who don't are stupid and risking physical or emotional danger or harm that a google search might have helped prevent.

So if that is your definition of datable, enjoy the weak, dumb, drama-drawing women that will be all that is left in your dating pool.
 
2013-11-24 10:03:02 AM
 it's practically reflex for bored Web surfers

I SUDDENLY FEEL SO VALIDATED!
 
2013-11-24 10:03:21 AM
I guess that means you will not be going to his family for Thanksgiving
 
2013-11-24 10:03:31 AM

bostonguy: bostonguy: From the other side of the coin, things like this is why "online reputation management" is becoming the next big thing. Basically, if bad stuff comes up high in search results when people search for your name, there are things you can do to "push" that stuff down.

Basic: Create public, fully filled-out profiles on all social networks (Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) Buy a domain for your name (or as close as possible) and put up a basic site. Remember: You don't have to tell your phone number and SSN -- a lot of the information can be general and/or "not entirely accurate."

The way Google is going, a person's profiles and websites will usually take up the first page or two of search results, and other items will be pushed down. It's almost impossible to get third-party things removed from search results, but this is a good way to help.

/ No, I don't have anything to hide
// I work in online marketing

Oh, and if someone goes through dozens of pages of search results after meeting a date for the first or second time, that's just creepy.


Or it's a smart woman who is fully aware of current reputation managing practices.

Women: Because not dumb.
 
2013-11-24 10:03:36 AM

phenn: Years ago, my sister googled her name. She came across an article about a woman (of the same name) married to a woman (with my name) who was murdered by the other one.

Still creeps me out a bit.


i46.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-24 10:04:16 AM

Three Crooked Squirrels: I have a relatively uncommon name. The only person that appears to share it writes really lurid online novels/stories about gay sex. Lucky me.


I'm fairly certain my grandfather made up our family name when he enlisted in the Navy at age 17 (it was during WWII), and then made up a fake backstory about Ellis Island farking his family's very common name up.  It's nearly impossible to Google my family name and not find someone not related to me.
 
2013-11-24 10:07:00 AM
adapt by pegging

Not sure if that will work.

//but if you're into it...
/nttawwt
 
2013-11-24 10:08:31 AM
Aloysius Derwhinkle, I Googled him.  Nothing other than this article. What's he hiding?
 
2013-11-24 10:09:24 AM
This is why I always pre-Google the fake names I give women.
 
2013-11-24 10:09:48 AM
Have a first name that was more common in the 19th century and a fairly common last name, the only Google hits for me are from a background check agency and a couple from genealogy websites listing me as dying in 1866.
 
2013-11-24 10:09:56 AM

KawaiiNot: mike_d85: Wow, sounds like the woman's field guide to manipulation. "I know your secret. You don't have to talk about it, but I know the major issue you've been avoiding discussing."

Don't worry, he'll open up...

/The door to leave.

Oh please, everyone googles people these days. In a society where we are dating people who we often aren't able to ask our friends and relatives if they are good people, it simply makes logical sense. People who don't are stupid and risking physical or emotional danger or harm that a google search might have helped prevent.

So if that is your definition of datable, enjoy the weak, dumb, drama-drawing women that will be all that is left in your dating pool.


I don't.

Only reason I've googled someone was to see what she looked like after meeting online.

/eharmony sucks
//Interet makes every add +5 points to their score
///No, I'm not a farking ripped 6'2", 10" cock, multimillionare
//I'm a 5'10" fat guy looking for a relationship with someone who doesn't bore me to shiat and doesn't make me go 'good god no' when I look at her
 
2013-11-24 10:10:54 AM
Nope.

Stalky GF Detected.

Better for him to get out now.  Because this C will start going through your emails and phone next.

It will never end.
 
2013-11-24 10:15:17 AM

MFAWG: Just so I have this straight: He already told her there were problems involving his family that he didn't want to talk to her about yet, but she's not really going to wait for him to tell her before she freaks out?

RUN away, dude. She';s going through your cell phone every time you go to the can right now.


You're not making much sense. Everyone takes their phones to the can these days. All of these comments except yours were made by people who were pooping at the time.
 
2013-11-24 10:17:36 AM
I just Googled my ol' lady's name for the first time.

Apparently, she's involved with something called Facebook.
 
2013-11-24 10:17:54 AM
WTF is up with the reply: "Dear Dignissim"? The alleged letter-writer signed "Wish I Never Googled," which makes the pleasant little acronym "WING." "Dignissim" is "Missing D" backward.

The world confuses me.
 
2013-11-24 10:18:29 AM
"Missing ID."

FTFM
 
2013-11-24 10:18:55 AM
Googling a name is NOT stalkerish.  It's effortless and takes 10 seconds.  I remember a time when love-struck teens would doodle the names of their crushes in their notebook hundreds of times.  That's far more involved than a quick Google.

The only sad thing here is that a child has very little control over one of his parents murdering the other.  So, it's a shame, but it's also a potential indicator of mental health (which can be hereditary) or suggest that he might have some issues from his disturbed past.  Still, he's be judged for things he never did.
 
2013-11-24 10:19:49 AM
Look on the bright side! You don't have to worry about getting along with your mother-in-law.
 
2013-11-24 10:20:32 AM
No one said it? Ok, I'll say it"That's my family, Kay; that's not me."And look how well that turned out.
 
2013-11-24 10:21:13 AM

Pribar: Have a first name that was more common in the 19th century and a fairly common last name, the only Google hits for me are from a background check agency and a couple from genealogy websites listing me as dying in 1866.


really?

wow, you look good...
 
2013-11-24 10:22:59 AM
.upload.wikimedia.org

sometimes wish there had been innocence at the bottom, instead of hope.
 
2013-11-24 10:23:28 AM
This day in age, it makes perfect sense to Google someone.
 
2013-11-24 10:29:00 AM

cman: This day in age, it makes perfect sense to Google someone.


Yeah.

Glad to hear you were finally acquitted of those charges, by the way.  Getting a goat to testify against you in court was bogus.
 
2013-11-24 10:30:16 AM

Uranus Is Huge!: I just Googled my ol' lady's name for the first time.

Apparently, she's involved with something called Facebook.


Lol :D
 
2013-11-24 10:30:26 AM
if anyone googles me they'd get a really cheesy article or two i wrote for the neighborhood rag in 04? co-authorship in a couple uninspiring psych and neuroscience articles, and ... that's it.  the psychotic ex thing was good for a couple things, and apparently learning how to go to ground successfully was one :D
 
2013-11-24 10:30:37 AM
She should go to his place for Thanksgiving.

"Anyone can carve the turkey except your father."
 
2013-11-24 10:32:20 AM

ElPollotonto: Luckily no one else in the world has my name - can be a double-edged sword though...


Tell me about it.

/Dad's ancestors name got changed to a more Turkish sounding version by occupying Turks, and never changed it back. My dad, however, changed his back when he was in the Greek army. None of the rest of his family did, so they have the "turkified" name, even though they're most definitely Greeks in Greece. Hence, there's currently 3 surviving people with my last name. Me, my brother, and my dad.
 
2013-11-24 10:33:00 AM

kroonermanblack: /eharmony sucks


Eharmony does suck.  I found my current GF through Match.  I found that the structured communication of Eharmony stalled out completely when we were supposed to start having free conversations.  The women there also seemed more shallow, despite the site being marketed more towards serious relationships. "Sorry if this sounds shallow, but don't bother contacting me if you're shorter than 6'2".  My Mr. Right is tall."  I don't think I got a single date through eHarmony, just a lot of bullshiat.

Good luck, and I hope you at least have some dates you enjoy, even if some might only be in hindsight.  Like the redheaded neo-Nazi that didn't understand why we didn't test all of our new drugs on convicted felons.  "But if you wanted to test a cancer drug, wouldn't you have to give them cancer?" "Yep; who cares."
 
2013-11-24 10:34:51 AM
Weedlord Bonerhitler?
 
2013-11-24 10:35:54 AM
I have the same name as a fairly popular singer/songwriter over in the UK. (It looks like she's even gotten more popular since the last time I looked.) I'm OK with this.
 
2013-11-24 10:39:08 AM

FarkingReading: MFAWG: Just so I have this straight: He already told her there were problems involving his family that he didn't want to talk to her about yet, but she's not really going to wait for him to tell her before she freaks out?

RUN away, dude. She';s going through your cell phone every time you go to the can right now.

You're not making much sense. Everyone takes their phones to the can these days. All of these comments except yours were made by people who were pooping at the time.


HA! Friday I'm using the facilities and a dude is on the phone next to me. I made sure to aim for the water and flush 2 or 3 times...
 
2013-11-24 10:39:18 AM

KawaiiNot: mike_d85: Wow, sounds like the woman's field guide to manipulation. "I know your secret. You don't have to talk about it, but I know the major issue you've been avoiding discussing."

Don't worry, he'll open up...

/The door to leave.

Oh please, everyone googles people these days. In a society where we are dating people who we often aren't able to ask our friends and relatives if they are good people, it simply makes logical sense. People who don't are stupid and risking physical or emotional danger or harm that a google search might have helped prevent.

So if that is your definition of datable, enjoy the weak, dumb, drama-drawing women that will be all that is left in your dating pool.


You are still on my short list. *Kisses*
 
2013-11-24 10:39:51 AM

born_yesterday: kroonermanblack: /eharmony sucks

Eharmony does suck.  I found my current GF through Match.  I found that the structured communication of Eharmony stalled out completely when we were supposed to start having free conversations.  The women there also seemed more shallow, despite the site being marketed more towards serious relationships. "Sorry if this sounds shallow, but don't bother contacting me if you're shorter than 6'2".  My Mr. Right is tall."  I don't think I got a single date through eHarmony, just a lot of bullshiat.

Good luck, and I hope you at least have some dates you enjoy, even if some might only be in hindsight.  Like the redheaded neo-Nazi that didn't understand why we didn't test all of our new drugs on convicted felons.  "But if you wanted to test a cancer drug, wouldn't you have to give them cancer?" "Yep; who cares."


I know it sucks if you aren't 6'2" (I'm not even close) but I'd MUCH rather a girl just come out and say it.  No sense wasting each others time if someone has a strict rule about something.
 
2013-11-24 10:44:06 AM
What is this Google you people speak of?
 
2013-11-24 10:44:15 AM
After my first date with my now husband I googled him. The first 5 results were recipes on various websites and the rest of the page were his various publications and school projects. From that I learned that he could cook and he could write coherently - a keeper in my book.

If you Google me you get my locked down facebook and google+ profiles, work with domestic violence shelters, a page or two of people finder services, and a rambling letter to the editor that was published this summer. Not a bad internet footprint, if I say so myself.
 
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