Wednesday, October 14, 2009
This is even more important, I think, if you believe that you have something to hide. Case in point: A guy who gave me his business card a couple of months ago. He called and texted regularly for several days after we met, and we were making plans for a first date. Then one day as I cleaned out my purse, I came across his business card again. So I decided to Google him.
What came up first wasn't your typical search result -- you know, perhaps a LinkedIn or Facebook page, maybe a blog.
No, what I saw first on the search results page was a link to his -- wait for it -- wedding website (!). Mind you, he told me he was single when we met.
So I texted him since he'd just sent me a text message a few minutes prior to when I made that discovery.
Me: "Are you married?" (I figured I'd give him another chance to give me the correct answer.)
Him: "Why do you ask?"
Me: "Why do I ask? Because there's a wedding website that says you got married on Oct. 15, 2007."
Him: "Oh. I'm separated. Let's talk about this later."
Needless to say, I never heard from him again.
The moral of the story? Always Google yourself so you don't get caught off guard like this guy.