WE’VE all done it. Waited till nobody was watching and then Googled ourselves.
Now, people have taken to typing their name into Google Maps — and the results have been seriously creeping people out.
The Twitter trend began with a story by The Guardian journalist Alex Hern yesterday.
“If you type my name, Alex Hern, into Google, it brings you, not to The Guardian, where I work (and which would make sense), but to the pub in London Bridge where I play the card game Netrunner most weeks. To the best of my knowledge, I’ve been linked online to that pub once, ever,” he wrote.
People followed Hern’s lead and soon many turned up many worrying results.
Apparently if you type “Alex Hern” into google maps you get the pub where I play netrunner. The brand is strong
— Alex Hern (@alexhern) May 20, 2015
@alexhern Mine offers me three choices: Where I went to university My former employer WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW
— Robert Perry (Pez) (@pez_sez) May 20, 2015
@alexhern I just did it with my Twitter handle & it came up with a restaurant I went to last week for the first time. CREEPY
— AliciaMelville-Smith (@alicia_ms) May 20, 2015
wtf just typed my name into Google Maps and it’s come up with my old uni and a place I did a gig last month??! pic.twitter.com/luIwo0vXIv
— bridget (@bridgetminamore) May 20, 2015
I regret reading that @guardian article (http://t.co/Xs9FpS8vQr) and searching my name in Google Maps…. pic.twitter.com/4D8nkUO5QS
— Patrick McPartlin (@p_mcpartlin) May 20, 2015
Never using Google maps again – just casually typing my Twitter handle in. pic.twitter.com/tFbdqaRhqT
— Chris Mayer (@chrismayerV1) May 20, 2015
We tried it here in the news.com.au HQ and Google Maps turned up our social media editor’s primary school, a stadium that our sports writer frequents for football matches, and one of our news reporter’s former workplaces. Freaky.
Try it for yourself and let us know what happens. Type into Google Maps your full name in inverted commas or your twitter handle. Share your results in the comments below or tweet @JournoLawJ.