Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Things I Learned About Shannon Messenger

So...I googled myself yesterday, and I learned some crazy stuff!

(Yes, I google myself. I also have google alerts. If something has my name on it I wanna know about it. I'm a nerd like that.)

First: I'M A PURSE! A kinda ugly one. But a purse all the same. The 'Shannon Messenger Bag' by Cafe Press:

Also, one of my Shannon-as-Rainbow-Brite pictures from Comic Con ended up on a British Website dedicated to all things Rainbow and Brite. *sigh*

There also appears to be a Shannon Messenger who works for the Criminal Court system or something, because there are a lot of Shannon Messenger posts with a .gov and the word Criminal in them--and I SWEAR I have nothing to do with them 
*adjusts halo* 
*bats eyelashes*

And then of course there's a CRAZY amount of things that are actually me--which is really weird. Thanks to WriteOnCon my name is all over the internets. Like Wowza.

What about you guys? Any funny stuff pop up when you google yourself? Anyone else have an ugly purse named after them? :)

36 comments:

  1. That's great that your name is getting out there for WriteOnCon. Mine wouldn't pull up much. Just a bit with being an attorney. Boring stuff.

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  2. Go Google "Matthew Rush". Do it. I dare you. If you're really brave Google image search for "Matthew Rush" but turn safe search off.

    I swear that's not me.

    Oh also is it just my browser? You're layout is messing up so that your text is light blue on a dark blue patterned background. I'll try another browser.

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  3. You look good as a purse. *wink* Me, don't know. Fearful to Google. I have once...apparently, I'm a photographer and my initials belong to a dead guy. Ugh.

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  4. Awwwww the bag's got your crest and name on it! Oh I've got a million and one people with the same name as me but I'd much rather have a bag with my name on it!
    LOL!

    Take care
    x

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  5. Oh yeah - crazy stuff about some other Christine Fonseca out there. BUt you have to go several pages into Google to find it!

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  6. Yeah there's no other Erinn (last name here) in the world. when I google myself I get ratemyteacher and dead blogs. I avoid googling myself, it's a dangerous world.

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  7. Yeah, apparently I'm a really good volleyball player. And I live in Iowa. Who knew? Oh, and I have a writing blog - oh wait, that actually is me. :)

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  8. I'm going to google my name right now.

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  9. I just googled myself the other day! Apparently, I'm a singer and an already published novelist.

    I went pretty far back in the pages and only found one website that actually had me on it. Sigh.

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  10. I learned that there is a version of me teaching the Management of Japanese beetles and green June beetles at the University of Kentucky. Hmmmmmmmm.......

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  11. There's a fashion designer named Caroline Rose and an elementary school with the same name as my novel/main character. Fun!!

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  12. My real name is uncommon enough (Claire Gittens) that 90% of the results are me: doing poetry in Tokyo, being on a National organisation here in Japan, etc.

    But I also found a Cheryl Claire Gittens-Jones, who is an author and also lived in Japan. That's too wierd. I'm off to see if I can find her :D

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  13. When I chose Tricia for my blog name, it was because I googled various other versions of my name (Patricia, Pat, PJ) and found tons of people, including that famous New Orleans bar, pubs from England to Australia, randy frat boys, published authors and more. Tricia, a name I've never used in RL, had far fewer hits but, even so, there are writers using it, too. Wouldn't it be nice to have obscure first and last names?

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  14. Interesting. I'll have to try it. :)
    You're purse is not so bad.

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  15. Wow, i love your posts!! Would you like to participate in my Bookish Ninja blog thingy? I'm here to personally invite you.

    http://imabookishninja.blogspot.com/2010/08/overview.html

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  16. I thought I was the only one!lol My articles and blog posts/comments pop up, some of my volunteer stuff I think but nothing really fun or wierd. Which makes me a little sad.

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  17. My brother once sent me an email called, "Your Google FootPrint." Apparently, he was very impressed (shocked?) with what comes up when you Google my name. He said he had no idea I was a "pre-famous author" (thanks, Anne Riley!), or that I was writing about financial regulatory reform (thanks, evil day job!).

    In all seriousness, being a journalist has splashed my name all over the Internet, and the blogging and the Tweeting don't help (do help?) either. And since my name is pretty unique, I'm the only result you get (just don't try my maiden name. All sorts of weird stuff there...though most of it is still me.)

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  18. Googling my name is a snoozer. All I get it my Technorati profile, my Facebook listing, my high school alumni profile that's, oh, about six years old and ,GASP, some old race stats from a 5K I ran when I still lived in Boston. Nice reminder of how fast I used to be able to run before I had kids.

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  19. My name is so common that when I Google, I'm amazed by all the paths I could have taken. Doctors, lawyers, vets, Julie Nelsons are everywhere and do everything... and as soon as we unite, the world is ours! :)

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  20. Love the Rainbow Brite outfit. <3 So cute. It's always interesting the things we find when we google ourselves, eh? Oh I have google alerts set-up too. Looks like we're in the same nerd neighborhood. :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  21. I actually like Googling myself. Apparently I'm a midwife in Connecticut. Luckily, my name is unique enough that I dominate the search.

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  22. I google myself all the time, actually...um...

    Anyway! Apparently, I am a devotional object, an ancient Indian princess, beloved to all, and a "pretty white girl" in Turkish slang. Oh, and there's a page in Spanish that seems to be about stars or planets or something...

    Pretty sweet, actually.

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  23. Shortly after I went online with this name 2 teeny-bopper celebrities got together and they were nicknamed Jemi (Joe Jonas & Demi Lovato - I think I have that right...). It's been a bit bizarre with some of the tweets I get :)

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  24. Funny post, Shannon! I first googled myself a couple of years ago and there was nothing unless you included my middle initial, R. Then you got all my book reviews for Booksense (now Indiebound), but I tried it again just now and my blog actually comes up on the first page. The "other" Joanne Fritz, the one with the PhD, is the first listing, though. Drat her.

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  25. Nope. Having an Indian tribe for your first name, a season for your middle name, and a Catholic church official for your last name kinda makes finding all three pertaining to you impossible.

    Believe me, I've tried!

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  26. You are certainly a bright shade of yellow.

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  27. I goggled Taffy. Can't imagine what I would find *giggle*
    Now I'm craving something sweet and chewy...

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  28. Whew! Thank goodness I am just me. Well and there is another me in Maryland. lol But I'm pretty sure that we are not the same person. Yup. Pretty sure.

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  29. It mostly pulls up my blog and book reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. There are a few other Myrna Fosters out there, but not many.

    I love the Rainbow Brite costume.

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  30. I uploaded on Youtube of myself reading a piece of flash fiction in which I affect a southern accent. Not long ago I googled myself, and found someone had posted the video on a website under the tag "hot redneck girls." D:

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  31. The purse is hilarious! I googled myself once before I was married and the majority of posts that came up were stories based on a transvestite with my same name. They were pretty well-written and funny!

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  32. Nothing that I didn't already know about myself, except that in a small town in PA, there is another Wendy Ramer and her husband is Mark (mine is Marc). Cool, eh?

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  33. There's another Vicki Rocho out there. She's on facebook. Well, I am too, but you won't find MY facebook bits out there. Mostly you'll find my gazillion comments across the blogosphere. I imagine someone could create quite a profile of me from all those snippets (sigh...how long til this one shows up too?)

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  34. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who Googles their name. I swear, it's a disease...

    Anyway, the first page of the search brings up the usual - my Facebook, MySpace (holy crap, I still have that?) and of course my blog. But then, in the middle of all that is a link to R.B. Hobaugh & Son, Inc. Apparently, this is an electrical contractor in Lemoyne, PA, and it comes up every single time. "No job is too small!"

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  35. Well, the reason I'm using a middle initial (which is actually my maiden name initial) is because if you search Sara Larson (spelled correctly or incorrectly) you will get hundreds of pages of George Clooney's ex girlfriend before you'd ever find me. So then I went with middle name initial (J.) and apparently there is a Sara J. Larson in Texas or somewhere who is an author who writes horror. Not someone I want to be confused with. (I write YA!) So, I went with B. from my maiden name. What a deal huh?? Hopefully all this thought about making it easy to search for me will pay off someday! ;)
    (P.S. the bag isn't THAT bad, ha ha)

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  36. +JMJ+

    My real name isn't very common, so I won't have an interesting story to share. =P When I googled it, all my freelance articles came up. And that's it!

    So you're kind of lucky to be a bag, Shannon. ;-)

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