Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Who Does Google Think You Are?

As I typed "how to find the name of a song with no words" into my favorite search engine today, it suddenly occurred to me that I must look very interesting indeed to Google.

Whenever I want a definition, an answer, or a tutorial, I Google it. That adds up to a dozen or more searches a day, which begs the question: who does Google think I am?

Who Does Google Think You Are? -- if a stranger had to describe you solely based on your last 2 days of Google searches, what would they say??  {posted @ Unremarkable Files


Judging from my search history for the last 2 days, I'm a bad speller who knows little to nothing about technology, cleans up lots of messes, and is possibly schizophrenic.

Here's the raw, unedited list of 2 days of Googling, starting with the most recent. I omitted all the searches that were obviously performed by Phillip like 'mavrik gimbal driver' and 'how to make a lithium battery.' (I don't even want to know what's he's up to.)

  • remove set in vaseline stains (the baby had a sensory playdate with a tub of petroleum jelly yesterday morning)
  • how to remove vaseline from fabric
  • how many cups in a galon ('gallon' spelled wrong, guess I type too fast)
  • homemade laundry detergent
  • is tanner patrick mormon
  • veluptuous (don't get the wrong idea, I was writing the word 'voluptuous' and couldn't figure out how to spell it)
  • ari rees lds living (awesome mormon blogger at I Go By Ari)
  • independent movie philip writer ( my 3-year-old accidentally played a trailer on the iPad for an amusing-looking indie movie called Listen Up Philip, which I wanted to find again to show my Phillip)
  • how do i post to fb page with a hyperlinked work (meant to type 'word')
  • word count
  • gluten free pie crust (shhh, don't tell Phillip  it's a surprise)
  • em dash 
  • how do i put a link with picture on twitter (if you are a social media platform, I know nothing about you)
  • brain chemistry volunteering makes us happy
  • mac and cheese recipe (looking for a recipe that didn't involve the freakishly-colored powder we affectionately call "the yellow death")
  • kids movies 2015
  • how to pronounce rummikub
  • cute girls hairstyles knotted braid (I love CGH)
  • vietnam war (I'm reading a book that assumes I have a lot more knowledge of world history than I do)
  • ho chi minh (ditto)
  • plaintative (told you I'm the worst English major; through this search I learned that the word is actually 'plaintive')
  • flickr creative commons
  • women in refrigerators (again, probably not what you think; this is the name of a site about violence against female characters in comic books, which I read about in an article)

Frankly, I'm a little frightened to think that this is the picture Google (or anyone) has of me. But it is what it is.

What does your search history say about you?

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34 comments:

Ella B.C said...

They probably think I'm a deranged martian that plays Minecraft.

Jenny Evans said...

Well, that's not so bad.

Tarana Khan said...

This is so interesting! Should do a similar analysis of myself :) #sharewithme

Stephanie Robinson said...

I love this idea - there's a whole meme in here! Although goodness knows what Google would make of me! :) #sharewithme

Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper said...

Love this- I've never thought about what Google might come up with when it comes to me! Will have to have a go myself *eek* #sharewithme

Samantha P said...

That's quite some list Jenny! I have absolutely no idea what I've been googling lately! Amazing that we managed to grow up without this resource in our lives really.. #sharewithme

mamamim blog said...

Ha ha how funny! Women in refrigerators?? I am a bit scared to look at my list - I probably look like the petrified mother to be (again) that I am! #ShareWithMe Mim @ www.mamamim.com

Jenny Evans said...

If you do, share some of it here in the comments!

Jenny Evans said...

I'd love to hear it - post here what Google thinks of you in 10 words or less. It'll be fun.

Jenny Evans said...

What did our mothers do when they needed to identify poison ivy or an unfamiliar rash? Go to the library and check out a book? Send smoke signals asking the wise man in the village? I don't even know.

Odd Socks and Lollipops said...

Hehe this is funny. I dread to think what goggle thinks of me!

Tasha said...

Interestingly funny post! Guess I'll go look at my browser history to see just how insane I probably come across to google..

mothers shadow said...

Oh, that is a funny post - you crack me up!!! Keep it up, you are doing a great job. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

Sara Murray said...

This really made me laugh out loud, I think mine would have a lot of html and css questions... none of which would give me the answer I was looking for because I am rubbish at phrasing google questions... I have to get my husband to ask for me, he gets the answer first time! #sharewithme

Mummy Tries said...

This is so fascinating, I'll have to carry out a little experiment of my own #sharewithme

Katy F said...

This is so funny, I always google how to spell words too. And I really want to know what your husband is up to with those searches!! ha! #Sharewithme

Lauren Flake said...

Hilarious! I'm scared to look at mine.

mummyofboygirltwins said...

I'm always googling! Love this!! I wonder what we've been searching for lately! Am off to look! Great post :) Jess x

Le Coin de Mel said...

Brilliant list. I spend my time on Google, and it would be interesting to draw a list of what I Googled one day! It's the 1st time I've seen your blog, and looking at your short introduction on the right, it looks like we are similar. I am night owl who is rarely on time; a perfectionist who like a bargain :) #sharewithme

Tas D said...

When I google myself a pretty dishy Malaysian model pops up. We have the same name and I wouldn't mind so much but he's a guy and I'm a girl. But meh...I'll take it :)

Jenny Evans said...

Sometimes you take what you can get. Sounds like a valid reason to be proud of yourself to me!

Jennifer Humphries said...

Oh my goodness, hilarious!! I am little scared to see all of my Google searches. Thanks for the clarification on women in refrigerators!

Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom said...

This is too funny. I can only imagine what Google or anyone else would think of me.

How did you find your search history?!

Loved this - I think I have lots of spelling errors too (I often google how to spell a word - it's fastest).

Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

Wishing you a lovely weekend.
xoxo

Jenny Evans said...

By Googling "how to see my search history," of course! I told you I Googled everything.

Jenny Evans said...

I thought that one probably needed a little explaining.

Jenny Ripatti-Taylor said...

I can the most random things too and google can't decide whether I am america or english. lol I love looking at my search history. lol Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

Embracing Spectrum said...

They probably think that I'm...a teacher! I've searched for "percent rags to riches game" and math percentages games and slope game and "snopes i love disney no cost" (that was to provide information to people about how you cannot win a free Disney trip). I've also searched for SRI lexile and other riveting things. Yeah. I'm really interesting. :)

natasha @anxioustoddlers.com said...

I I am not even brave enough to look at my google searches!! Thanks for sharing :-)

Joanna McCaffrey said...

It's an interesting exercise to do :) I think it shows you who you are, as much as it gives google an idea of who you are!
#sharewithme

Tawnya Faust said...

Haha I loved this! So funny, I'll have to go look at my search history, I'm sure it will be all about blogging and photography though haha! And the random stuff my husband googles! :) Thanks for linking up on #saturdayspotlight

Carlee Scharnhorst said...

Heehee! I am a chemist by day and food blogger by night and I use the same computer for both. So, half my searches are chemical names and the other half are food related! I am sure that would look fabulous if ever anyone decided to care ;-)

Jenny Evans said...

Hopefully no one you're close to ever gets poisoned, one look at your Google searches will convince the police that you did it!

Heaven Smiling said...

Thanks for the tip on Ari's blog. Great writing!

jenny Albertson said...

Haha this reminds me of me. One time I was trying to find an easier way to hang pictures in a mural in my house. So I googled "hanging pictures" you can imagine what came up that had nothing to do with how to hang pictures.