Have You Googled YOU??

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Real Estate Agent with Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ SA564219000


Have You Googled You?

You might be surprised what turns up.  Sure, you've registered on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and maybe a few business accounts.  And, you have your web page.  But there are other sites that might just have your information too.  Information you didn't realize was out there.

A story on AOL caught my interest today and I wanted to share some high points in summary.

The official term is "aggregator".  An aggregator, according to Wikipedia, is the name given to a web site, or software that collects, filters and organizes specific information, in this case, found on the Internet.  Think of a tiny robot that compiles phone directories, business website information, social media, photo albums, government surveys, real estate listings -- you get the idea.  And advertisers can actually BUY this information from these aggregator companies and use it for their marketing focus.

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Think about some of the information that can be found about you online:  age, marital staus, phone number, children, interests, estimated income, photos, even aerial photos of your home.

Think of that information in an even more negative light:  income + house photos + family information = too much information for burglars, predators, and worse.

These are some of the sites that could have profiles stored with your information:  ZabaSearch, RapLeaf, Pipl, Intellius, PeopleSearchPro, Spokeo. Most of these sites have information or links to help you in removing this information from online sites.  However, you must remove your information from every site, or trace information back to its origin - like the White pages - if you truly want to erase your private information.

Here's one thing you can do on your very own. Google your phone number, with the area code.  Your name, address and a map will come up too.  In case you didn't know, you can request to have that information removed.

business man looking at computer screen with hands foldedGoogle your email address.  It's very likely you'll see all the times you entered your email online.  Did you advertise on Craigslist?  Leave a message on a public forum?  It's on there!  ( Realtors: It's also a good way to check the validity of leads that come across your web site.  I recently received a lead for a home purchase - but the same email address was asking online for free diapers and formula in Washington State this past fall.  ...Probably not a qualified buyer.)

There are a few online companies that can help you with your online information.  ReputationDefender.com, Defendmyname.com, ReputationHawk.com and ReputationAccelerator.com.  This isn't a sales blog for these companies, they are just companies that came up in an online search.

This subject is something that people don't always think about.  Have You Googled You? With so much of our current marketing and networking,  both business and personal, available online, it makes sense that privacy control needs to be developing right alongside.

Defend your privacy, defend your families.  Realize that too much "transparency" isn't a good thing.

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If I can assist you in your home buying or selling in Marana, Tucson, Oro Valley, or Vail, please don't hesitate to call me!  Email at swdeserthomes@aol.com

Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Long Realty,

 (520)909-2988   

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Cara, frightening isn't it? Thanks for making me aware of some of the challenges there are for some privacy!

Ty

June 28, 2010 10:54 AM
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Matthew Bartlett
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Great post Cara! I have Googled myself many times just to see what comes up. I also receive daily updates to my email when my name and company name appears in a post on-line. So far I have not had to deal with any problems. However, I have learned that I must track what is being said and distributed about myself, my businesses and my family on-line. Thanks for the post!

 

 

July 24, 2010 12:34 AM
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Eddie Coleman

Fantastic post Cara!!! 

The primary distinction (at least in my mind) when it comes to online reputation is business needs vs. the needs of the individual.  When it comes to reputation for an individual the subject of "privacy" comes completely intertwined with the subject.  An individual has rights to more perceived privacy that a company as an individual is not attempting to be a public figure (hypothetically) to the degree a business is.  Even with Linked-In, Facebook, Twitter and of course millions of people with an opinion on thousands of subjects they would like to have a voice on, the fact of the matter is that the only real way to approach handling the online reputation of an individual is through both mild promotion and yet pulling back by invoking or at least attempting to leverage one's right to privacy. 

This can of course be harmful for a business or one who depends on their name as the headline for their business ventures.  When it comes to a business the only real answer is to not feed the 3rd party review sites while engaging in MASSIVE and I do mean MASSIVE online distribution in order to give your happy customers a real voice.  This is the only way to give Google enough information to chew on for you to be certain that the mix of happy vs. unhappy has an accurate balance on Google as it does in your real life.  Typically for every slot in Google within the first three pages that you would like to own under a search for your business, you need about 1,000 pieces of relevant, unique content properly distributed on the web in the form of blogs, videos, PR notices, social bookmarks, high PR link backs, articles and directory listings. 

When it comes to your business you can't very well swim in the pond of retraction using privacy as a shield so you have to know how to syndicate without duplication of content and when it comes to your private life you need to be cautious about over promotion.  In the real estate game for example key is to decide whether your name is more valuable under a privacy blanket or as a platform for your own success.  First make this distinction then picking your line of attack becomes clear.  Feel free to look over our faq for more information at http://www.reputationaccelerator.com/faq.php

Happy Online Reputation and excellent post...

Eddie Coleman
http://ReputationAccelerator.com

August 05, 2010 05:51 AM
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Cara Marcelle Mancuso
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Wow Eddie that's a LOT of information.  1000 pieces of content?  Seems unreal.  Thanks for the link and the "report"!!

August 05, 2010 07:39 PM
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Yes, I have googled me, and unfortunately I share the same name as Gordon on Sesame Street (Holly Robinson-Peete's dad) and a guy that dates singer Natasha Bedingfield, so I'm way down the list.  However, google "Matt Robinson Real Estate" and I'm doing pretty darn good.

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Author Bio: I have been a Realtor for over 7 years, and love finding homes for new people moving to the area. I also enjoy working with first time home-buyers, because my style is very one-on-one. If you are an investor or looking for a new home in the Tucson area, Marana, Oro Valley and Vail area, or wanting to sell your home, I'd love to help. I have experience with REO Foreclosures and short sales, and have earned the SFR and CSSN designation and certification. I'm also a CTA so if you'd like to hear about my love of Tucson, Vail, Marana, Oro Valley and the SW Desert and WHY...I'll share!