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Did you know you could googled using your GN name?

(119 Posts)
curvygran950 Tue 25-Feb-20 17:10:37

Am I the only person who didn’t know posters could be Googled?
I must be very naive indeed .

sodapop Tue 25-Feb-20 17:19:33

Me too curvygran I didn't know either. Seems we always leave a trail these days.

FlyingSolo Tue 25-Feb-20 17:20:28

But if you only use it as your name on here and no one in real life knows what it is, it doesn't matter, does it? I have just googled mine and so far all i can find are a lot of events for singles.

BlueBelle Tue 25-Feb-20 17:32:21

Mine just brings up a lot of information about flowers and woods and a company called Bluebelle Co
I did get a shock when I put my Name in google years ago and came up with all my details including photos newspaper items etc through my job

curvygran950 Tue 25-Feb-20 17:45:30

I really cannot remember giving my permission for this; I suppose it’s hidden away in the T&C’s.

pensionpat Tue 25-Feb-20 17:49:05

Ha! Mine changed the words to Pension pot and gave me sites for annuities

dragonfly46 Tue 25-Feb-20 17:54:22

There is another person on the Internet with my user name so that is fine.

Doodledog Tue 25-Feb-20 18:02:43

The odds are that there will be other people on the Internet with all of our usernames. The Internet is a big place grin. But our posts on here can be found with a search for 'XXX Gransnet' .

If anyone has access to your IP address they could be linked to your real identity, but that in reality that would involve more effort than it is likely to be worth.

Anything we ever put on the Internet, in an email, a message or in a text is traceable, though.

Nannyfaraway Tue 25-Feb-20 18:13:03

I've just done it and a lot of my messages from Gransnet came up. I'm a bit concerned about this as I sometimes share stuff that I only want Gransneters to know or see.

Elegran Tue 25-Feb-20 18:20:05

curvygran It is nothing at all to do with Gransnet or with you giving or withholding permission - EVERYTHING published on the internet can be searched through Google and other search engines. Try putting in something obscure and see what comes up! You will be amazed.

Where you CAN give or withhold permission is where a site gets private information from you as part of a membership - your email adress, real name, password etc.

Your username and anything you post on the forums is on a public page and is visible to be searched, even if the page it is on is subsequently deleted or altered, the old version is still archived. That is why it is recommended that you don't post anything you wouldn't shout from an open-top bus going along the high street. Think of it as the letters page in a national newspaper.

Riverwalk Tue 25-Feb-20 18:21:13

I really cannot remember giving my permission for this

No one needs permission to Google a username hmm

I'm a bit concerned about this as I sometimes share stuff that I only want Gransneters to know or see.

Unless you've used a name that your family/friends would recognise, or you've used real family names and circumstances, I don't see the problem.

I fear many posters don't realise just how public social forums are, and are available for the world to see!

Dottydots Tue 25-Feb-20 18:22:00

Just googled my name. Apparently Dottydots is a new style icon, whatever that means. I wasn't the first then to come up with the name and I think I quite like being a style icon.

Elegran Tue 25-Feb-20 18:23:23

I do think that It says somewhere on Gransnet that the site can be read by anyone - therefore it can be read by a search engine too!

I assume that most people joined because they had looked at the site first, and decided that they liked it. You couldn't have done that before you joined if only members could read it!

Daisymae Tue 25-Feb-20 18:25:23

Apparently there's a boutique in Ireland of the same name! Nothing to do with me......

curvygran950 Tue 25-Feb-20 18:38:12

Thank you everyone for replies; I have always been extremely careful not to mention names, ages, even area I live in .
My concern was that others on the site may not be aware that posts can be read on Google .

anniezzz09 Tue 25-Feb-20 18:42:29

I wish GN would somehow highlight this in a place where it is obvious to everyone who joins the forum. It comes up every so often and then a new lot of people are shocked all over again.

I believe there's a Facebook page where parts of threads may get republished and also that sometimes the tabloids quote things that are seen on GN. It's a worry where people put up information that is identifiable so posts are better not giving names and location which could be linked to a person via Google or Facebook or other social media.

anniezzz09 Tue 25-Feb-20 18:43:10

Sorry curvygran, cross posted.

Elegran Tue 25-Feb-20 18:59:41

This is where it says it - .

Cherrytree59 Tue 25-Feb-20 20:39:58

I have pointed out several times on GN, that I was amazed how easy it is to find people using the internet.
(In my case it was to inform a couple of people re my fathers death.)

Any info put on GN, no matter how innocuous is there on google.

For example
An area/town posted on Good Morning thread added to say a name of grandchild mentioned on another thread, could just be enough for a lurker, (who may never have even posted on GN themselves) to identify the poster.
How often do GNers then mention that they are off on a trip/ holiday or away looking after grandchildren??

To find my relatives I had very little to go on.
I used google
Company house.
And local Gov site (in my case the planning dept).

So easy to think that it's just chatting and passing the time with a friendly bunch of people (which of course most people
on GN are) and forget that there is a whole internet of people, who can read every word without even having registered
as a member of GN.

Please remember that GN also transfers some posts on to Facebook and Twitter.

Newspapers quite often print excerpts from MN and therefore could also copy GN posts if they so wished.

Granny23 Tue 25-Feb-20 20:52:52

Just Googled my GN moniker and all that came up was porn sites featuring Grannies blush . Honest folks these do not feature the real me!!!

bikergran Tue 25-Feb-20 20:54:58

I also read something today about inviting someone to join your "Whatsapp group something " about it not being private, didn't have chance to read it all, but something to do with google. sorry half a story ..

Chewbacca Tue 25-Feb-20 20:57:18

Googled mine and got pages and pages of stuff about Star Wars. But then I googled another GN user's nickname and was shock at what I saw!

Grannybags Tue 25-Feb-20 20:59:27

Just googled me and it came up with loads of bags for grannies! Handbags, shopping bags on wheels.....all very interesting!

kathsue Tue 25-Feb-20 21:06:27

Googled mine and got lots of recipes for katsu chicken and katsu curry.

Cunco Tue 25-Feb-20 21:08:09

If I google 'Cunco', I see it is a town in Chile, a racehorse (who was quite naughty on his first appearance in parade ring shock) and maybe a plant or tree. No mention of my comments on GN.

If I google my real name, I find it is shared with a well-known person in a niche sports who died recently. It is odd to read one's own name against obituaries and tributes. confused