Finding Your Google Doppelgänger

Searching for your e-double!

Searching for your e-double!

I recently blogged about finding a picture in a magazine of a woman who could be my twin sister.  Well, today I was reading an article about using Google to find your “Google doppelgänger.”  How exactly does that work?  The idea intrigued me.  Here’s what you do.

Have you ever “Googled” someone?  You know, it’s when you enter their name in the search window and see what pops up?  Parents have been known to do this when checking out the kids that their children are dating.  Employers also have been known to do this.  Sometimes people even “google” themselves.  If you want to find out if you have a Google Doppelgänger, then type in your own name in the search window and see what shows up in the search results.  Who else shares your name?  You might be surprised.

My Mom

My Mom

For example, I googled my mother’s name and discovered that no one else showed up in the search results.  She’s apparently an original.  Well, I could have told you that.  For good measure, I entered her maiden name.  Ah, she DOES have a google doppelgänger and this lady is a lawyer in the District of Columbia.

My son and daughter-in-law

My son and daughter-in-law

My son has a doppelgänger who is a published author who has written quite a few books that are mainly juvenile non-fiction.  He has another doppelgänger who is a musician who has a music single on iTunes.

My daughter-in-law’s doppelgänger is an Assistant Professor in Education at the University of Wisconsin while another doppelgänger is a professor of Urban Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia.

My son-in-law

My son-in-law

My son-in-law has a doppelgänger who is a dentist in California with quite an active presence on the Web and one who is a TV director and the producer of “The Hills” and “The X-Factor.”  He also has a doppelgänger who is a hockey player and one who is a writer for Hot Rod Magazine.

Out with my Daughter

Out with my Daughter

My daughter has some interesting doppelgängers.  One is a professor at the School of Nursing Personnel in Purdue.  Another has a nutritional counseling business.  Yet another is a freelance writer and blogger.  But my dear biochemist daughter would be most mortified to learn that her most well-known doppelgänger is a porn actress who has starred in such hits as “Big Busty” and “Best of Big Busty.”  Oy!

My Hubby

My Hubby

My husband has quite a famous doppelgänger who was a colonel in the Confederate Army.  A more current “double” writes articles on sediment for the U.S. Geological Survey.

My Dad

My Dad

My father’s doppelgänger was a composer of television and film scores and some of his work included music for the shows “Dennis the Menace”, “The Texan,” and “Huckleberry Hound.”

Me

Me

And what about me?  Well, in the midst of my searching, I discovered that an article I had written (which I had completely forgotten about after it was published in Library Mosaics) is catalogued at CalState’s library in San Francisco.  That has nothing to do with doppelgängers but it just goes to show that you never know what you’ll find about yourself when wandering around on the Web.

I had a doppelgänger in Georgia who recently passed away.  She was a retired mathematics engineer.  I found a very much alive doppelgänger in Arkansas through a Pinterest link.  When I browsed through her “boards”, I noticed a lot of uncanny similarities.  For example, she had boards for crafts, crocheting and knitting, quilting, sewing, wool crafts, and cooking.  She even had a board for “laundry room” and so do I.

The only other doppelgänger I found was a lady from McKinney, TX who unfortunately passed away recently.  Her obituary said that she “made many people smile and lived a wonderful life.”  Wow!  She sounds like a lovely lady and certainly someone who did credit to our name.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • karyn

    I did a google search on my name – there are 10 Karyn Hutchinsons on facebook. Not as many different ones on the first page of the google search. What I found most interesting was the ‘images for Karyn Hutchinson’. There were as many photos that I know are from YOUR blog as there were from mine! What do you think of that?

    • booklassie

      Oh, my goodness. You’re right. That is so bizarre. I wonder if it could be that you have links to my blog posts and if people click on those links that somehow Google associates images on those posts with your name? So strange. Well, at least it’s only snowy pictures and the dog yard. It could have been the gross poison ivy pictures. LOL!

      • karyn

        I don’t recall linking from my blog to yours – except that you are in my ‘bloglist’ on the side, of course. I visit your blog more than any other on my list. Maybe that’s it. But it is Just weird. Can you imagine when I was looking through those photos to see what they have of me and I see Jason shovelling snow? I thought “How does Google know that I’m friends with Dee”? And then I realized what a stupid question that is. LOL.

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