I have various Google Alerts set up for my name, my aliases, and their variations. About 50% of the time the alerts have nothing to do with me, but the other half can get pretty interesting.
Most of the time I’ll be flattered that someone chose to link to me, or find my stuff beneficial to their needs. I’ll even saunter over to their sites to give a note of thanks, and I’ve made several online friends through this process. Once in a while I’ll even find people trash-talking me, and while that used to bother me it no longer does — I think it’s amusing that they don’t have the guts to do that to my face (or on a platform that is guaranteed to get my attention).
Then there are the very rare instances, like the Google Alert I got this morning for the term “geekinheels”:
Say what?!?? Did that really say THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS??!!!
Stunned, I clicked on over to the source and there it was. Nestled in an article titled LeBron James fans were wishin’ and hopin’ and Tweetin’ – with or without a capital ‘B’:
Okay, so the article was not about me, and if anything this can be brushed off as a fluff piece.
But it’s still pretty damn exciting to me! I (err, my tweet) was quoted! In a major New York paper!
I’ve taken this entire morning to gloat in my 2 seconds of fame. I will now resume my daily, boring life.