How do I get over my anxiety about what turns up when people search for me on the internets?
July 7, 2011 7:37 AM Subscribe
Internet anonymity and lack thereof (I know, I know).
posted by anonymous to Computers & Internet (16 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
How do I get over my anxiety about what turns up when people search for me on the internets? I am the only person in the world with my name (curse you, parents!). I've been on the net since forever (that is, before the existence of search engines) and used my own name on Usenet and elsewhere. I do not hold the same opinions as I used to, and I'm certainly not as open as I used to be about personal matters. When I search for myself I find myself anxious and depressed to see the old stuff come up -- albeit on the third or fourth page of results, but there nonetheless. For example, I can be found on Usenet arguing about a fringe religion that I cared deeply about at the time, but that is not even of interest to me anymore -- yet there I am, passionately arguing for all eternity. Note: inventing a fake person with the same name won't help, because some of these posts are undeniably mine due to geographical and other references.