If you needed to hide from someone, could you do it in today’s world?

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

A few weeks ago I needed to find a real estate agent but I didn't know what company she was with and she wasn't listed in the MLS. Even though she had a somewhat common name, I decided to type her name into the Google search engine and see what came up. Well, there was lots of stuff that came up, and every link was preceded by http://www.activerain.com/...

In thinking about what I had done there, it occurred to me how times have changed. When I was young, my mom told me to “Go get the Yellow Pages.” Many years later, we switched to “Call information.” Then they started charging 25¢ per call to call information, and some phone companies even had the gall to charge up to $1.50 per call to information, depending on the time of day. Fortunately, the Internet came along at about the same time, and the most common phrase today seems to be “Google it.” Too bad Google didn't trademark “Google it.” Maybe they did.

Anyway, I remembered that I had joined ActiveRain a year earlier so I decided that perhaps I needed to check it out again. Times change, and perhaps so should I. Today I Googled my name to see just where I stood. Wow!

If you haven’t done a search on your name recently, try it. Go ahead. “Google it” and see what comes up. Are you well hidden from your customers, still playing hide and seek? It might be time for a change.

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Rainer
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Michelle Roland
Phil's Locksmith

It's quite amazing what you can find on Google. I have many different profiles posted on several different sites. I like typing in different search criteria just to see what my stats are. Its interesting to say the least.

The scary thing is, when you are in the public eye like we are you dont really have a way to hide. Changing phone numbers is not really an option for us. We would have to take legal action and sometimes that may not even be enough.

Guess we all need to just remember our ethics?? hummmmm??

September 24, 2008 09:45 AM
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Janna Scharf
Coeur d'Alene Real Estate Pro
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene

I feel like an idiot that I never thought to google my kids!  I think I better go do that right now. 

September 27, 2008 02:05 AM
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Bill Dean
William Dean - Broker, Salesperson
Worth Clark Realty St. Louis, Mo.

Jim,

 I guess I'll always be hiding in plain sight, I have tooo common of a name!  A country/Western star uses my name, a retired general, an Author, a medal of honoree etc.  The only time I even make the first page is if I type in my city as well

December 06, 2008 10:15 PM
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Jim Lee & Janet Holt Edmond Oklahoma Luxury Home Realtors
EXIT STRATEGIES REALTY

Great Point Jim! I can tell you how many times I've said to my kids.  "Just Google It!"  Seems we can't hide for the the folks we'd like to hide from like the "IRS" and can't seem to be found by the folks we want to be found " Tons of ultra wealthy cash customers".  I guess we'll just have to keep plugin' along.  Thanks for post the links on your Santa Sighting post.   I might never have found if not!   Happiest of New Years to you and Russell

December 25, 2008 11:05 AM
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Marian Gregor-Ann
Arbor area Real Estate
Keller Williams

Hi Jim, Thanks for the tip. I checked it out. It's pretty neat.

January 25, 2009 10:00 PM
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