Have You Googled Yourself Lately?

Have you Googled yourself lately?

I am sure you have…

And what did you find?

No… dont tell me. But, you know that only if the results are other than Facebook, Twitter & other social networking sites then you are talking!

In my talks I have emphasized that in the times to come & may be much earlier, your CV will NOT be on an A4-sized paper or a Word file where you list all your past & present activities, qualification, professional experience, extra-curricular activities etc.

You will be ‘Googled’.

And whatever the results say about you, will be considered the ‘truth’: Nothing but the truth!

Even today this is true. Companies, big & small, make it a point to check out your bio on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace etc and check & observe what sort of a person you are and how you ‘carry yourself’ in the online world. And are you really worth hiring.

Online world is now no different than the real world. In fact, your online world IS your real world.

Everyone knows what you did last evening. Even if you don’t want to tell them, your ‘friends’ will. Not by talking about it maybe, but tagging you in videos and pictures etc., telling the whole world what you have been up to.

You have real friends online who you interact with on a daily or even hourly-basis. Every word you ever said on the Internet REMAINS there – forever. Yes, it may sound a little too scary, but it is the sad truth.

I recently watched BBC’s “The Virtual Revolution” on an Emirates flight, where Dr Aleks Rotoski did a remarkable job of explaining how things work in the online world and what is the cost of ‘free’ that we all are paying. Interesting point of view & a must-watch for everyone.

Most of us do not even think before posting stuff & comments on our walls & statuses or even on friends’ wall, yet these are the very things that could haunt you, much later in life or maybe… Forever?

You must have heard that employees have been fired or refused insurance claims based on their activities online. A little research here & there could reveal what you are or have been up to. Hence, enjoy yourself, but BE CAREFUL.

You dont have to be looking for a job to have better search results for yourself. Imagine you meeting someone interesting at an event or a conference, party, meeting, lunch/dinner. Imagine him/her giving you a business card which only mentions the persons name…And beneath it says:

Google Me!

Can you say this for yourself?

And…

If someone Googles you, would you be satisfied at what he or she would find?

If you are, hats off to you!

If not, are you ‘working on it’? The best time to work on it is NOW!

Hope to see a ‘Googlier You’ soon!

Dare to dream!

Follow your passion.

Nuruddin Abjani

Picture courtesy: www.stateofsearch.com

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  • Azam

    Excellent topic, am totally agree with you.

  • Javed Iqbal

    I am 100% agree with you, Nuruddin.

    In a traditional small village, all know about each other that they know “who is who”. Now the whole world is becoming a virtual village and anyone can know “who is who”. So “just for fun and freedom” approach may damage your reputation, relationship, job or life. Ignorance about its “side effects” will not be a blessing, awareness is a blessing. It’s great tool but we seriously need to LEARN how to play it positively and safely.

    I read a good article about social media. I think its worth sharing here.

    DO’s and DON’Ts of social media http://tinyurl.com/6amzrwt

    Javed Iqbal
    Educator | Empowerer | Entrepreneur
    Lahore

  • Nice write up. Not sure if its relevant to the society in which we live. Lots of practices that are common in the west are of actually little or no relevance in the context of our society.

    Regards, Haris

    • Thanks for the comment, Haris.

      Its not about society, as far as I understand it.

      Its a way of life.

      Its like one’s reputation in the mohalla or neighborhood where you live.
      Similarly, your reputation is on Google for anyone to see it. The society is a part of it.

      Hope I am making sense here?

      Thanks once again, Haris.

      God bless you, always.

      Nuruddin