I Googled Myself… And Here’s What Happened
By Erica Root
A few months ago Maria Hill wrote a fantastic article for GOTG where she asked readers if it was time to rebrand themselves. To help determine if the answer was yes, she told us to Google our names, and I obeyed.
The next few results were as follows:
- Images of Erica Root (note: only one of those pictures is the Erica Root writing this article)
- My bio from my last place of employment
- Erica Root on Facebook
- Fem Dems
- Erica Root illustrator
Ok… so not too bad. Some of these people are me; I was captured in the LinkedIn profile section, and Facebook, which makes sense. I am involved with the Fem Dems, so that popped up as it should.
But I wanted to dig a little deeper. If someone were to look me up, what other Erica Root options would they find? So I perused both the Facebook and LinkedIn lists to find out what the other Erica Roots of the world were up to.
Who were these women? Did we have the same interests? What did they do for a living? Would their online presence confuse anyone looking for me?
With all these questions floating around in my head I decided it was worth going out on a limb to contact them. I was fully invested at this point, eager to go down the rabbit hole. It couldn’t hurt and I thought the legitimacy of writing for a blog like GOTG would help increase my likelihood of hearing back from someone.
So I reached out to a few of them, okay I actually reached out to twelve other Erica Roots from all over the country, including one named Erica Lynn Root, which happens to be my full name.
This is what the message said:
“Hi Erica – my name is also Erica Root and I am a staff writer for Girls on the Grid, a lifestyle blog for young professionals in Sacramento, CA. I recently googled myself, as this article told me to do, and found that there are a bunch more Erica Roots out there in the world. I thought it would be fun to write a piece about what those other Ericas are up to. How we differ, and how we are the same. Would you be willing/interested in giving me some information for my article? If yes, would you mind answering as many of the following questions as you can?
- Where are you from? (city, state)
- What do you do for a living?
- What is your height, hair color, eye color?
- What’s your background? I’m Irish and German.
- What do you think are characteristics of a person named Erica?
- Who do people say is your celebrity doppelganger?
- Why did you parents chose the name Erica?
- What does it mean to be an “Erica Root”? Who do people/friends assume when you show up to the party?
- Are “Erica Root”s the ‘thoughtful ones’ or the ‘well dressed ones’ or the ‘organized ones’?
- What nicknames have you been given?
- Anything else you can think of about what it means to be called Erica Root.
Thank you so much for taking the time to get back to me. I really appreciate it and think it will help me create a fantastic article!
Can you guess how many people responded? Exactly one.
She told me she’d email me her response. I messaged her back right away, excited that someone actually got back me.
Sadly she never sent her responses to my questions.
And I get it. We live in a world where there are weirdos on every corner, especially every corner of the internet. For all these women knew, I was planning on stealing their identity and nobody would be the wiser because our names are the same.
And since I cannot possibly do any sort of concrete analysis on what I got back from my experiment participants, I am forced to make up assumptions about people named Erica Root.
My conclusions are as follows:
- Erica Roots are generally suspicious of all others. They are ladies who do not answer the phone unless they know who is calling. And even then it depends on who that person is.
- Erica Roots are artistic. While google stalking, (I mean searching), I found an Erica Root who is an illustrator, one who is a female body builder, and one who is a model. And since the other girls on the grid are kind enough to consider me one of them, I assume I must be a little artistic too.
- Erica Roots are pretty distinguishable. If a potential employer or anyone else for that matter wanted to google me, they easily find the information they were looking for. There is no mistaking me for any of those other very distinct ladies. I think I’ll keep my rebrand on hold for now.
Are you curious about how many people share your name? You can find out at this nifty website aptly dubbed: howmanyofme.com