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Mar. 8th, 2007 | 01:33 pm

Somehow a google search for diane trout found this blog, as the 4th hit.

I'm not quite sure how the bot did it as I was partially avoiding my last name. my best guess is that my del.icio.us/diane page had my full name in its profile and google figured out the relationship from the link I added. Or perhaps I posted a comment in a blogger comment with my name and linked it to this blog.

Unfortunately the first link hit is someone who is not me.

This must be fixed--there can be only one Diane Trout (on the Internet).

(However there are only two hits on the first page that aren't me, and if you look through the following pages, they are again mostly me. I got bored after counting that about 15 of the first 70 hits weren't me.)

I do, however, want to dominate the first page of google hits.

Also since my pages have been linked, I'm going to give in and link to my work stuff. This does have some risk that employers wont like me and wont hire me because of being queer or something. But since being better known also up the chances of getting hired, I'm just going to pretend that those forces will work out in the end. I find it easier to only manage one brand.
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markcronan

Hmm

from: markcronan
date: Mar. 8th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
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You inspired me to google myself. I figured the LJ would come up, which it did. However I didn't figure on a secondary entry directly edited by a human at Google, containing my 300 review. And then I was even more surprised to see myself quoted by name in the official Wikipedia entry for the movie 300 as an early reviewer. Wierd.

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Diane Trout

Re: Hmm

from: alienghic
date: Mar. 9th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
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So the indented entries on a google search have been curated? Interesting.

And your net foo is powerful, with the being quoted on wikipedia.

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markcronan

Re: Hmm

from: markcronan
date: Mar. 9th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
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Not all, or even most, indented entries on a google search are curated. However, this one is. Since it reads "Advanced screening focus group participant calls the film..." which is their descriptive lead-in to my quote that follows.

It's odd they chose to curate it. Usually, that is reserved for things of long-term usage that are frequently searched. I suppose it is possible the movie 300 was searched often with the word review, and mine was the only one for almost a year that came up.

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from: aerynvale
date: Mar. 9th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
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Most people I know don't want their name showing up anywhere on the internet if they can avoid it.

None of the hits on the first page for my name are me. I think they're mostly my ancestors from the 1800s. Also there are a few military dudes who definitely are not me.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Mar. 9th, 2007 07:25 am (UTC)
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I've been trying to think of how best to answer this.

I've been watching one of my friends C Titus Brown. He is kind of a blowhard, but has a good track record of making stuff.

His public identity is actually been pretty successful for him, he gave 4 talks at PyCon, and has gotten several consulting gigs and book deals out of his combination of skill and connections.

Theoretically I could try maintaining separate professional and personal identities, but that confuses me too much. Not to mention there's a pretty big overlap between what I do for work and what I do for fun.

To move further in my "career" I need to make and maintain contacts, but since I don't really dealing with people I want to computer mediate that networking. Which seems to suggest the public identity (assuming I actually do cool thing) is a viable strategy.

(On an other hand there's a bit of me who thinks I'm being a giant poser for thinking of myself in terms of managing my brand identity).

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from: aerynvale
date: Mar. 9th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
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I suppose that's the difference, then, that you want/need to make something of a public figure of yourself to advance your career. Most of the folks I know who don't want their name out there are content to toil in obscurity, as it were.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Mar. 9th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Yeah apparently I have enough of an ego or drive or something that I'm not satisfied with toiling in obscurity. I do want to make a name for myself by accomplishing something of significance.

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Vicky the Compost Queen

You left your full name in a python code fragment

from: vixter
date: Mar. 9th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
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I never knew what it was until I saw that entry.

I just googled myself. No LJ link but plenty of other crap.

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Diane Trout

Re: You left your full name in a python code fragment

from: alienghic
date: Mar. 9th, 2007 07:28 am (UTC)
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I stumbled on that post eventually too--It can be hard to hide from the webcrawlers.

No LJ link but plenty of other crap.

Yeah, if you do any online communication its really easy to leave a giant searchable trail.

We've recreated that small town atmosphere, where everyone knows what everyone else is doing.

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secretslip

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from: secretslip
date: Mar. 9th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
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This must be fixed--there can be only one Diane Trout (on the Internet).

I completely understand.

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