The Self Googling Phenomena

Posted on October 8, 2008. Filed under: Google yourself | Tags: , , , , |

As you all probably know, the popularity of name search using search engines and specifically Google is “booming” in the last couple of years.  For example, you can go to Hot Trends on Google Zeitgeist and view the current top 100 fastest-rising search queries in the U.S. Can you guess how many of these search terms can be categorized as name search? The answer is more than 30% !!! – I think that’s amazing and clearly shows the trend of online people name search.

Here is a graph showing the the increase in popularity of the “Google Yourself” search terms over the last couple of years. This graph was created based on Google Trends data (scale is based on the average worldwide traffic of the search term “Google Yourself” in all years).

Google Yourself Search Trend

Google Yourself Search Trend

Other interesting resource that shows the popularity of name search and self googling is the recent survey preformed by Search Engine Round Table in September 2008 – Poll: Do You “Google” Yourself? Although the results are a little biased since most of the Round Table readers are very web oriented users, about 96% of the users googled themselves and 35% answered that they google themselves regularly. Here is the Poll results:

Google Yourself Poll

Google Yourself Poll

So go ahead and Goggle yourselves and the people you know and see what search results come up.

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Google Your Name In 2001

Posted on October 6, 2008. Filed under: Google yourself | Tags: , , , , |

In honor of Google’s 10th birthday, they have brought back their 2001 index (

Google 2001 Index

Google 2001 Index

Back in 2001 name search was A LOT less popular than it is now days so probably anyone that had a prominent web presence then has a huge web presence today for his name search.

So go ahead and Google your name in 2001 to see the results – You might be surprised…

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