Egosurfing turns up the darndest things…

Why did the duck cross the road?
To prove he wasn’t a chicken!

Har har.

I googled my name. What comes up are things that make me laugh. What comes up first when googling “Elizabeth Prata” is this:

I know it might be hard to tell, but this is not me.She is a bodybuilder named Elizabeth Prata who wins tournaments, and so her photo and name get onto the internet. A lot.

Another search result will yield the fact that a body of research I’d done with Dr. Margo Wood at the University of Southern Maine called “Project Story Boost: Read Alouds for Students At Risk”, is now included in a book called “The Book of Reading and Writing Ideas, Tips, and Lists for the Elementary Classroom … By Sandra Anderson. So that’s pretty cool.

The chicken photo above was used by Wired.com journalist Maryn McKenna in an article titled “Why We Can’t See Inside Poultry Production, and What Might Change if We Could”.

That’s cool. I changed the copyright on all my photos recently to fair use with credit. I am now seeing more of them appear online with credit using my name, and I like that. Mother Nature Network used it too. I like the photo a lot because the chickens look kind of aggravated, but I also like this chicken picture because it’s more artsy-

It was used in an Asian journal about avian flu.

My picture of the First Congo Church of Gray was used by American Towns. I’m quoted fairly frequently on the site “Fundies Say the Darndest Things”, and not positively, either, lol.

All sorts of things pop up when you google your name. Try it, and don’t worry that it’s called egosurfing. I do  it as an online reputation management. At least that’s what I tell myself…

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2 thoughts on “Egosurfing turns up the darndest things…

  1. I tried googling my name and the first thing that came up was porno.
    Next thing was some boring answer to an interview I gave concerning zoning laws.
    So I tried my maiden name, and unfortunately an actress with the same name died quite suddenly a few years ago.
    I haven't tried recently though…I think I will just stick to regular websurfing 🙂

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