One of the things we used to do in my previous company was to google for other people that we know. We realise that Blinky (our ex-boss) knows Japanese, and even found his Christian name, which sounds really funny because it rhymes with his surname. =p
We discovered the hidden potential of a few people we know. One was a marathon runner despite her small frame. And some were actually top scoreres in their university faculty. And there was also people who joined various organisations outside of work. And so on.
If your name was something common, like “Mark Tan” or “Lee Ying Ying”, then you are possibly safe. But when your name is a little more unique, then you had better check if there’s any unwanted information on the Net.
Google also has this Google Image, which is something I use a lot to steal pictures for my blog entries. It has one more use – to know whether a person with a gender-ambiguous sounding name is actually a guy or gal.
Recently, I tried to find out if one of the new Japanese colleague, Yoshiko was male or female. Well, the results displayed easily told me the answer.
Yoshiko is a female.