Be Prepared for a Surprise, Google Yourself

Last Update: February 15, 2018


Have you ever thought about Googling yourself, No? Well, then it is time to do so.

Hello everybody, here comes my monthly post.

You might think this is a strange title for a post. Let me explain. To do so I have to take you back into time. To be precise it was Decembre 2013. I had become the proud owner of a small computer and my neighbor was so kind to show me the first tricks to make that machine work. It was a struggle I can assure you as machines and myself combined normally don’t go together. I have often thought now the moment has come to throw it out of the window. That is not possible as in Spain you have bars on the outside. It has to do with safety and installing bars on the windows is something from really old times. The modern thief will come with some sophisticated equipment and will enter your home bars or no bars but that is not what this post is about.

While I was trying to understand the basics one day I Googled myself. This I did to practice you know not realizing I would be in for a surprise. I found myself by just typing in my full name and there I was. I started reading about Golf Tournaments in which I had participated and won some prize to another tournament which I had sponsored. A little bit further down it happened. I did not believe my eyes I can tell you.

I saw I was the owner of a transport company, delivering goods by truck all over the place. My name, the full address was visible the only thing that differed was the telephone number. When one sees something like that it is kind of a shock till you start realizing what it actually means. You start thinking: what kind of goods do I deliver? Hopefully, it is not drugs or human trafficking. The more one thinks about it the more worried one gets.

I went to the police to put a denuncia as my identity had been stolen and under my name but without my knowledge perhaps strange things were happening. The police officer agreed this was not good and wrote down the whole story. It was December the 18th and this denuncia went to the Malaga court. Till today I am waiting to see if something happens but at least by going to the police I have my back covered.

Recently I Googled myself again. Once more I was in for a surprise. Since 1 year I have 2 websites. I have used private photos on some posts. I have commented on other websites. All of that now appears under my name. I have a photo gallery, myself, photos from trips and I also recognized people from Wealthy Affiliate I have been in contact with. Then there were quite some things which I could not relate to myself so I wonder why Google does it. I thought it was quite a sight. Do a Google search of yourself, I bet you will be surprised too.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske

p.s. Yesterday was Saint Valentine and my better half invited me out for dinner and dance. We had a jolly good time and here is a photo as proof.


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MelaniLukito Premium
Nice post, Taetske. I have done it and found the monitor full with my website activities, lol.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Melani,

Thank you for reading my post.
I also think it quite fun what one finds on Google, well, at least most of the time.

All the best, Taetske
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wendyg53 Premium
Great picture. It will now show up on Google I'm sure. ;-)

I searched myself on Google and I have good news. My name is quite common, or at least common enough that there are at least two hundred and fifty of us running around the U.S.

So one of my old FB photos showed up, but nothing else. I was crowded out by the details of all the other Wendy Golden's. ;-)
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Wendy,

Sometimes it is a blessing to have a more common name. There are a couple of Taetskes running around but it seems no one in combination with my surname.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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AfqmBiz Premium
What a lovely picture, lovely couple. :)

Since last year, where I start to get this kind of surprise from G***** and the more I am looking for alternatives, the more my overall "works" got delayed for something I just can't understand. I am on different search engines of late but always come back to G***** because, until a certain period, those alternatives engines get corrupted or not functional.

Since the end of last year, I also notice that even simple subscription our phone number is becoming one of the regular requirements.

The best part is long before this, our details of phone numbers only provided to G***** sign up etc, still, I will receive calls all over the world and to make things worse, some calls are just waiting to "tap" into our phone.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Afqm,

Thank you for commenting on my post. I have not seen you for awhile and hope all is going well for you. You will not have seen me either since the beginning of this year as I am keeping a low profile. I wrote a post on that, here is the link. The new world, computer/internet has a lot of hidden surprises and also dangers we did not have to cope with on old times. We lose our private information more and more and sometimes it frightens me a bit. That I now have some 10 Google pages where you can see all the comments I have made on other peoples website is odd, to say the least. It reminds one to be careful and really think before one comments as when it is out there you cannot take it back anymore.

Wishing you all the best, Taetske
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AfqmBiz Premium
While I am away recently, mostly to prioritized on the early adaptation of my kids that both just started to experience the school life that is the first of many real-life situations out there.

But I took the opportunity off the grid preparing big loads of stuff offline to be integrated online. It could be ready anytime soon on the various segment of entrepreneurial.

Also, I take a very deep look at recent technology development in A.I, 5G, and Singularity that I have a mix point of view that for me is good but need to be wary of.

Yes, I agree with your view on how to be mindful before giving any comment. I test out some, most of it on uTube and I found an intriguing truth about 2 sections of real people with real comment and seems to be "real people" with the comment of hiding purpose.

You might experience the one that you shared here. While me, I think lots of that contributed to series of my stuff and system being wound up a few times before.

I just share the same thought as yours'. Be always be mindful.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Afqm,

I hope your children will feel happy at school as it can be a real challenge for young kids to step into this new world which can be very demanding. I hope they will have happy years at school and be able to prepare for their future life.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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AfqmBiz Premium
Thanks, my friend!

For your information, I never have the privileged that my kids are getting from me at the moment. My father passed away 4 months before my age turned to 2 years old.

:)
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GiuliaB Premium
What a romantic your Michaels, Taetske!!
Sorry about my late comment. But yes, you are right, you can be in for massive and unpleasant surprises when you google yourself. I've just googled my name and I was surprised to see comments I had left on other people's websites, even if I never use my surname there. No nasty surprises so far, and for the first few pages - but then again, but my Italian first name and my UK surname are quite common, so Google brings up absolutely anything that contains either word, even when not used together.
I'm so sorry to hear about the ID theft. Let us know how the police are going to sort it out, or if they evenpr manage to catch the perpetrator.
I hope you are all well and speak to you soon :)

Giulia
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Giulia,

Thanks for reading my post. No, there is no news from the police and neither the court in Malaga.
Yes, we had a very nice evening in a restaurant which I know since 1976.
I am sending you the link, it is Italian.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g580271-d1426188-Reviews-Valparaiso_Restaurant-Mijas_Costa_del_Sol_Province_of_Malaga_Andalucia.html
We have booked for Holland 2 weeks in April. During that trip, we will hopefully meet up with Michelle in Belgium and Loes in the north of Holland. Am looking forward to that.

All the best, Taetske
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GiuliaB Premium
Oooh, lovely restaurant. I must remember if we ever 'pass by' That corner of Spain.
Have a lovely, and safe, trip in April. And please, give my love to both girls xxx
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cosmicradio Premium
Appears to be safe enough, Taetske! :)
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Rick,

Nice to see you again. As you know I am keeping a low profile so I am not around anymore, I only exist incognito.
Thank you for reading my post. Did you discover anything exciting?

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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CraigKnight Premium
Nothing bad...whew!
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Craig,

I am happy to hear you got away without a scratch.
Thank you for reading my post.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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JulietAA Premium
Lovely picture.
I'll go google myself now.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Juliet,

Let me know if you are happy with your findings.
For ones, a picture comes out nice, not so easy with me as I always pull faces at the wrong moment

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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JulietAA Premium
I typed in my publisher name and my book came up!
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Juliet,

That sounds good. Did you also try with writing your own name?

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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JulietAA Premium
Yes, I did, thank God, all normal.
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laparra1 Premium
Good to hear Juliet.

All the best, Taetske
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PatsyC Premium
Hi Taetske, thanks for the reminder.
I forgot to Google myself a while back when you mentioned it.

Love that picture of you and Michael!
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laparra1 Premium
Hello Patsy, I see you have put your sunglasses back on. Does that mean you are preparing for a trip to the sunny south? we have 20C here.
You are right it is a nice picture, the other 20+ I put in the bin, they were AWFUL!

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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PatsyC Premium
Hi Taetske, yes I put my sunglasses back on.

Spring is in the air here, the days are getting longer and the sun lasts all day long.

It happens to me all the time how I have to take a ton of pictures hoping one will turn out decent!

I finally Googled myself and there wasn't much out there. The last name is popular and most of the Patsy's are 'Patricia'. My birth name is Patra but everyone called me Patsy.

I tried both names and the only thing that came up were obituaries!! One was for my friend that passed away a few months ago which devastated me. I saw Claude's picture and it made me so sad. Then there was another of an old friend who passed away a few years ago. Both were listed through the funeral home.

You search had more about me than mine did!
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Patsy,

The more comments I get the more I am convinced it must be the name. To see 10 Google pages with my name on it is quite fun but it does not really help my websites. Oh, well, good times will come.

All the best, Taetske
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PatsyC Premium
Your name is popular, my first name is but for others not me :)

I'm actually happy I don't have a lot out in public!

Thanks, all the best to you as well ♥
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laparra1 Premium
I once Google Michael, he was sitting in prison.
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PatsyC Premium
Oh well that must have surprised you but what a great idea Taetske!! I will do this with the next one I decide to date :D

I'm sure it was because he didn't have his driver's licence on him in the vehicle, he forgot his wallet at home ;)
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laparra1 Premium
No, it was not my Michael. There seem to be many more Michaels running around in the U.S.
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PatsyC Premium
Aha! ok I see.

Michael/Mike that name is very popular in Canada also :)
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Swangirl Premium
Ohhh, that is such a great picture! You look so happy and gorgeous! I am glad you had a good Valentine's Day!

I don't find much when I google myself since I have a VERY common name in the U.S. There are millions of results so I just blend right in and no one would know which one was me.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Jessica,

I also suppose it must be my name. It is quite a sight to see some 10 Google pages with my comments on many websites.
Yes, we had a lovely and romantic evening, my U.S. boy is tops.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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DebbieRose Premium
Hi Taetske.....I've afraid to Google myself! But, you make a good point...I'll work up the courage!

Beautiful picture!

Debbie
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Debbie,

Oh, come on. I know you can do that, after all, they do not bite.
Still, it is really strange to see all these things and it is a good reminder to be careful what one writes in leaving comments on websites.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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RandyL1 Premium
Crazy, thanks for sharing will try this!

Randy
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Randy,

Yes, it is quite crazy. I hope your findings are good.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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AlanJE Premium
Thanks for the suggestion,Taetske. Best Alan
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Alan,

I think it is worth a try, some people get "Funny" results and other find it less spectacular, anyhow I think give it a go.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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JerryMcCoy Premium
you never know what you will find congrats on the outing
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Jerry,

Yes, it is a wild world out there and the internet has only intensified it, one gets it presented in front of one's nose.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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iJared Premium
Interesting...
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Jared,

Thank you for reading my post. You are right as it was and is an interesting "happening", have you done it?

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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buffetearns Premium
I will do thank you!

Wayne
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Wayne,

I hope you will be pleasantly surprised with your findings.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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buffetearns Premium
It is positive, I am portrayed quite well!

Thank goodness. Thanks for sharing!

Wayne
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laparra1 Premium
That is good news Wayne and you are welcome.

Taetske
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phoeby123 Premium
Thanks for the reminder. I'll google myself today.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Phoeby,

I hope your search will only bring positive results.
Thank you for reading my post.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Memorylaneuk Premium
Now that is a story. I have googled myself before but only saw what was expected thankfully.
Glad you had a lovely Valentine's Day.
With Grace and Gratitude
Karen
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laparra1 Premium
Thank you, Karen, for visiting. I got more than my vivid imagination had prepared me for. It was a lovely Valentine evening.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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MKearns Premium
Totally impressive Taetske!
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Mike,

I just wonder. Did you already Google yourself and were left speechless?
Thank you for reading my post.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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WildflowerG Premium
Thanks for the information on Google.
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laparra1 Premium
Thank you, Tanya, for reading my post. As you know I am keeping a low profile but I have to write my monthly post, at least that.
One becomes very visible to the whole world, not only your family and friends. Personally, I find it a strange experience.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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WildflowerG Premium
I did Google me but got the typical stuff like address, registered voter, member of Facebook, etc. On Facebook, I found 20 with my name. So, I added Wealthy Affiliate to my name and four of my posts came up. That's all.
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Tanya,

Now that is really strange, perhaps it is because my name is a bit unusual? Who knows, I still have not grasped most of the why's and how's. I am not on social media even if I seem to have a Google profile as I have Google mail.

All the best, Taetske
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