Google twin, where are you?
I keep coming across references to Google twins (or Googlegangers) and haven’t searched my name recently so I thought I would give it a try. [Google twins are other people with the same name as yours, that you find by Googling your name. There is a book and a documentary out, and here is a smart article explaining why we are interested in people with “our” name.]
Now, if I put in my maiden name, which has a less-than-usual spelling, I come up with an elementary school principal in Canada, an OB-GYN in Boston, a school admin in Kentucky, a gospel singer in Conneticut, a world champion deep sea diver in England, and a philanthropic temp service employee in West Virginia.
Then I type in my married name. It isn’t that amazingly unique. In fact, my first name (Tanya) is standard enough that I was often able to find it on those racks of personalized coffee mugs and miniature license plates while growing up. However, this particular name combo cannot be found on Google!
For some reason I find that oddly frustrating — and a tiny bit cool.
(Who are your Google twins?)