John Paczkowski

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'And All This Time I Thought Googling Yourself Meant the Other Thing!'

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You’d think that in this age of social networking and Internet stardom, ego surfing would be a near-compulsion among Web surfers. But according to the latest study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, just 47% of Internet users have searched for themselves online (53% say they’ve searched for someone else).

Not as many as you’d expect, is it? Still, it is double the 22% that ego-surfed back in 2002. “Yes [the number's] doubled, but it’s still the case that there’s a big chunk of Internet users who have never done this simple act of plugging their name with search engines,” said Pew researcher Mary Madden. “Certainly awareness has increased, but I don’t know it’s necessarily kept pace with the amount of content we post about ourselves or what others post about us.”

Apparently not. The same study found that 61% of adults say they’re not worried about the personal information available about them online.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work