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Not Me Monday – it’s about Google Me

Since yesterday was a Holiday, here is Not Me Monday – Tuesday Edition!  

Over the Christmas break, my insomnia was in full gear.  So much so, I was able to clear my DVR of all my recordings and I had to resort to my watch list on Amazon Prime. I had forgotten about a documentary that I had flagged.  The name of the film is Google Me.

What a charming little film this is.  It will really be worth if if you watch the trailer.  

So, today’s questions – have you ever Googled yourself?  (I love how Google is now a verb too.)

My guess would be, that you have, in fact, Googled yourself.  I admit it – I have.  I have searched both my married and maiden names. I’ve been curious to see what came up on me personally, but also to see who else was out there who might share my name.

In Google Me, that is exactly what filmmaker Jim Killeen did – he Googled himself and others, then set out to find and meet anyone who shared his name.

He set up parameters for his search and his film.  For starters it had to be the exact name – not Jimmy or James.  He goes by Jim.

The funny thing – he found many and actually met six other Jims. One was a retired police detective from New Jersey, one was a priest in Ireland, one was an executive in Australia.  I don’t want to give the whole film away – but, Oh – there was also a swinger in Colorado!

And after contacting them and them agreeing to meet and be on film, he flew out to meet each one in person.

And then he got them all together in Killeen, Texas to spend a few days together and meet each other. I can only imagine what they were thinking throughout the process. But now – they’ve met each other and have a connection that only they share.

It was a really sweet story and I was so happy for all of the Jims.  I would recommend you giving it a watch.

Do you think you would do the same thing?

If you found someone who shared your name, would you reach out to connect with them?  Would you go as far as to meet them?

I have a friend who did.  Her name is Gretchen and I was immediately reminded of her while I was watching this film.

I remember her mentioning it on a Facebook post once – so I asked her about her experience.

Here is what she said:

“I contacted her first, back in May of 2008. I think I was just goofing around and searched my name on Facebook, and there she was. Having a very unique name, I felt pretty confident that she would pay attention. I’m thinking I just “friend-requested” her, really. Then we sent a few messages back and forth.  As I mentioned before, Speerstra is her married name, and she has since divorced her Speerstra husband, so may move on to another last name at some point.

Back in those days of Facebook, we used to write statuses in third person (do you remember that?). Our name would be at the beginning, like the beginning of a sentence, and then you added the rest (i.e. .Gretchen Speerstra….is eating a plate of nachos!). We had fun commenting with stuff like, “I am?” And then our friends would be amazed there were two of us. I received several friend requests from people who were clearly trying to friend request her. It was kind of funny, because sometimes we’d get all mixed up reading each other ‘s statuses, at first thinking they were our own. We even accidentally tagged each other in our own photos.

She has since added her maiden name along with Speerstra, so it’s easier to tell the difference. Now we mostly just send birthday greetings to each other. Our birthdays are only two days apart (different years), which makes it even more fun.

We’ve never met, but I always think there’s a chance because she’s originally from Montana, so gets up this direction (from Atlanta) every once in a while.”

Super fun!

What’s your experience?  Please share it in the comments.  I’d love to hear about it.

And thanks for sharing your experience, Gretchen(s).

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!


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Not Me Monday – Google Images

Happy President’s Day!

I hope you are getting to enjoy a day off.  But if you have to work, here’s a little something to distract you for a few minutes.

This week’s edition of Not Me Monday isn’t so much an article or a blog that I wanting to share – instead it is a resource.

Google Images!  


I only recently started using this, but within a few short months, it has turned to one of my first places I turn when I am searching for ideas and inspiration.

Basically, Google Images is a collection of images that are found on the internet. Anything that has been published on a website, online catalog, blog, etc. and if it can be found by Google, it is most likely found on Google Images.  By simply selecting key words, you can search for all and any sorts of things.

A couple of things to consider:

  • Google Images are not free clip art.  Most of the items are copyrighted – so take caution when using items in your marketing materials, websites, presentations, etc.  You might consider contacting the owner of the image and asking for permission.  (You can usually find owner of the image by clicking on the image, Google will then take you to the website where the image can be found.)
  • Sometimes your key words might produce questionable photos or images.
To get to Google Images – simply go to http://www.google.com and type in Google Images and/or click the tab for “Images” at the top.  

I use Google Images for all sorts of things.  Recently I did a search for inspiration for homemade Valentine’s Day Cards for my kids.  I’ve also gotten inspiration for marketing ideas, flyers and posters.   The possibilities are endless and this is a true sense of not reinventing any wheels for projects that you are working on – instead take inspiration from others.

Today’s Question – have you used Google Images?  What’s sorts of searches have you used it?

Happy Monday!  Amy