Friday, January 1, 2010

Finding myself online

Can you find me on this page? (Roosevelt Row's First Friday website.)

(Hint: Check for the profile of a handsome young man interviewing a vendor in the page banner.)It's strange to find yourself on the Web. This is far from the first time I've stumbled upon my likeness or my work, completely unaware of their existence on the tubes and circuits of others.
As a journalist for the AZ Republic and State Press, I've discovered many aggregating blogs that will copy, paste entire stories from their original source. The ones I've seen always credit me and the publication, but it's still strange to find yourself being quoted on a site you know nothing about.

The quickest way I've found to find people using your work is to set up a Google Alert. Google will search the Web for a phrase you enter — in this case, my name — and send you e-mail alerts when it encounters them. My unique name helps narrow things down and avoid getting too many junk reports. Of course, this doesn't work for photos. The Roosevelt Row catch was simply good luck.