The power of Google is difficult to fathom. According to searchenginewatch.com, an estimated 91 million searches are done each day through Google alone (This study is nearly three years old and I figure that stat is much higher now).
I hate to make anyone feel important, but YOU could even be getting Googled. Many people are aware of the fact that employers, friends and significant others may be apart of a group which could be Googling you (And I guess the narcissists are Googling themselves, but that is a different story).
With tons of information out there, how can we control what Google has to say (or doesn’t have to say) about us?
Here are a few tips Schawbel gives to help you control your search results:
- Register for blogs and social networks.
This one is probably a no-brainer for people reading blogs already.
- Write for blogs.
Sites like Word Press make it easy to make and control content for the average user.
- Start a wiki page under your name.
I was surprised to find Pbwiki.com has a page rank of seven on Google. Schawbel even suggests you could turn this page into a resume.
With so much information out there, I know it would be very wise for an individual (or group) to try to take control of information about themselves now before it becomes too late.
And with undeniable truth that Google or some form of online search engine will continue to be used defends the fact that maintaining information about oneself will also continue to be important.
Now while this is all fine and dandy, will I be motivated to change what pops up?
Chances are I wouldn’t bother to change it unless something negative is high in the search results. And when this happens, it would probably be too late.
Has anyone out there ever tried to control the results or anything? Or think it could be of some use to you?