In doing a Google search for myself as part of 23cpd thing #3, I found that the top few hits on the page were indeed for me and was also reminded that there are a number of others with my same combined first and last name. I’ve already gone in and added my middle initial to the title of my webpage, this blog and my LinkedIn listing to differentiate myself.
I was especially happy to see that my photography website now comes up first for a Kathleen Shepler search because it used to not even come up on the first page. However, I also noticed that the pages connected to my professional day job no longer come up on the first page and I’m not sure why. The only other listing was a old posting on the MLGSCA Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona blog about an award I won.
As for whether the pages that came up were ones I’d be comfortable having someone see if they were looking for information about me. Yes. That’s probably because long ago a wise teacher of mine suggested we might want to consider living our lives so that we’d be comfortable seeing anything we’d done on the front page of the newspaper. However, as LinkedIn constantly reminds its users, I keep reminding myself to be careful about what type of specific contact and identifying information I post online.