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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-06-06 08:22 AM
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Poll question: In this Google era, is it better to have a unique or generic name?
Edited on Sun Aug-06-06 08:23 AM by Truth Hurts A Lot
People with generic names cannot really be googled so it's not even worth trying (i.e., someone with a common first name and the last name Smith, for example). Then again, it might be easier to steal the identity of someone with a unique name. What do you guys think?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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porphyrian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-06-06 08:24 AM
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1. It depends on whether you seek fame or anonymity. - n/t
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julialnyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-06-06 08:27 AM
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2. it depends on what there is on you
If you are a scientist who discovered something,or are esteemed highly in a business it could be good for employment.

If you have something you don't want people to see or know about you it's not so good.
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CJCRANE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-06-06 08:34 AM
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3. Not sure...
gonna have to ask my friend Zebedee Ziggurat.
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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-06-06 08:40 AM
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5. LOL... kidding? nt
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CJCRANE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-06-06 08:43 AM
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6. He changed his name from John Smith
...yeah, I'm kidding ;)
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tocqueville Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-06-06 08:38 AM
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4. well "bush" is a generic word and it's everywhere on Google
Edited on Sun Aug-06-06 08:39 AM by tocqueville
gives 899 000 000 results

shrub = 12 200 000
dubya = 7 640 000
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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-06-06 08:44 AM
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7. But imagine looking up info on *another* George Bush
Finding information on that person would be virtually impossible because all the results would be about GWB.
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tocqueville Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-06-06 09:09 AM
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8. yes I know, was only kidding
by presenting false logics. The kind of "logics" the Bush administration presents all the time. I know it doesn't work on DUers, you are the proof ot it :-)
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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-06-06 10:11 AM
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9. In fact, it was done.
And it had humorous consequences. It took some doing to convince a few people that the "George Bush" with a different birthdate and different wife, but who also lived in Texas, wasn't the guy in DC.
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Fountain79 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-06-06 10:14 AM
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10. I have a unique name around where I live...
but I found out that there are a lot of "me's" on the internet.
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yewberry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-06-06 02:11 PM
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11. I'm going with generic.
I have a friend with a very unusual name. It is so unusual that if I google *only* her first name, I get 20 hits, 18 of which are about her.

That's too unique for me.

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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-06-06 02:17 PM
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12. I don't know.
But tf you Google my real name, I'm the first hit. (Actually, I'm the first six hits). This is how I found out that I was on the Dean's List last year, because they didn't bother to tell me otherwise. :eyes:
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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-06-06 02:17 PM
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13. A google search for my full name
only comes up with 2 results. One is me. The other is someone who died 3 decades ago.

In my own small circle, I'm happy with my name - but I'm very easy to trace. That can be a bit unnerving if I don't want to be.
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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-06-06 02:21 PM
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14. Google my real name and nothing comes up
The upside is nobody's going to confuse me with somebody with the same name who's murdered six people with an axe and molested puppies, the bad news is that if I ever do something dumb enough to get my name in the paper I can't blame anybody else.

Meanwhile, there are several pages of hits for my sister's name, very few of them for her. Seems like that's a problem in that anybody looking her up could easily confuse her with other young women with similar acomplishments but differing details.
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