At first I thought it was a mistake. Then I realized, “OK, it’s a big digital world out there, I’m not the only ‘Tim Dea’ in the world”. Then again, “I’m pretty sure I’m in it…aren’t I?”.
Yes, just for laughs, I “Googled” myself in “Images”. My photo never showed up anywhere. I was hurt…no embarrassed. Where the heck did my photo go? I’m sure I would have one legitimate image, attributed and recognized by me, but apparently I don’t. Do I really exist? At least in images that I have posted.
Yes, I put in country…province…city… and nothing. I am officially just another random profile. Anonymous, and not the famous “Anonymous”, either. What about the other “Tim Dea” profiles? Oh they’re out there… from all over the world, actually. I really didn’t think there would be an entire page of images from various public profiles credited to, or with, a “Tim Dea” (that would be profiles that were public ‘on purpose’, for the record). I thought a tiny square from my LinkedIn account or whatever I currently have on FB might show up. Nope. A few year’s ago there were some photos I found from a going away party in Salmon Arm, B.C., circa 1989. The party was such a long time ago but the photos seemed to find their way to 2008 or 2009. I’m not even sure who posted them. Not sure I want to find them again anyway…no one would recognize me with RED HAIR! HAH!
I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised as there is a number behind similar profiles on FB and it goes as high as ‘9’ (no, not to ’11’).
I’m not a ‘Pepper‘, I guess. Back to ‘Safeway Select’ pop.
Yes it was a humbling experience and a good one. I can honestly say, “I’m not all that and a bag of cheese”. I have proof that I’m nowhere to be seen. Even better news: Neither is any of my family. OK, it’s my teenaged boys I was really concerned with – they’re right into the thick of this digital world and seem to be managing it well – and faceless. My wife visits her FB profile weekly… if she has the time…maybe…if she cares.
It is proof that I have yet to do something so spectacularly wonderful and paradigm shifting in this world NOR have I done anything so spectacularly bizarre or stupid that my image or related image has gone viral or shared around the planet. I have NOT become a “meme” with funny out of context sayings plastered above and below. I have NOT incurred the wrath of friends who mysteriously go silent on social media.
My wife has gone so far as to make note that I have yet to, in her 20 years of knowing me, “burn a bridge” as it were with regards to moving from one employer to another or just getting back in touch with people. I would concur, generally speaking. I will admit though there may have been smouldering deck boards in some instances, I’m sure of it.
Go ahead: I ‘Double-Dog Dare‘ you. Google yourself in ‘Images’. You may be surprized…and you may not be…hopefully the latter.
FYI: If you ARE surprised: Study your security settings!