Nowadays, when you have a job interview you know for certain that the HRM manager considering hiring you will try to search you on the Internet. He or she will type in your name, and see what happens. Now, I’ve been on both ends of this deal, and I must say I’m surprised how many times searching for someone’s name didn’t result in useful information. When you’re being searched, ideally, somebody grabs Bing or Google, types in your name, and boom… The first result is you, showing relevant information. I use a special term to describe this ideal situation; I call it “Premier Web Citizenship”. In other words, if you type in your name in a search engine and the first result that appears really is you, then  you’re a Premier Web Citizen.

The problem is… I’m not a Premier Web Citizen. I tried it at the time of writing, and it seems I’m in a perpetual battle for Premier Web Citizenship with a female Belgian comedian/actress and currently she’s winning:

 

I guess that’s okay, because I like comedy and culture, but I also noticed another strange thing. The first link that is being displayed is in Dutch, and translated it says the following: “Lcbridge.nl – short domain name for sale”

This is quite curious. I know this domain name well, because it was the URL I’ve used before I owned http://www.loisandclark.eu (for a full explanation of the web site URL change, refer to http://blogs.technet.com/b/wikininjas/archive/2012/06/04/interview-with-margriet-bruggeman-sharepoint-author-sharepoint-technet-forum-admin-former-sharepoint-mvp-maxer-creator-and-sharepoint-2012-guru.aspx  ). When you click on the URL, things become even more curious… It says (again, a translation and a paraphrase):

“Mr. Domain – your domain butler. Lcbridge.nl  is a domain name that is quite vague, but because of this, it’s a very suitable name (sic!). The previous owner had a popular web site offering various ICT services. Etc. etc.”

So, someone is trying to resell the previous URL of my web site (which I only took because loisandclark.nl was taken, it contains lc and my last name translates to ‘Bridge Man’) and promotes it by saying that the vagueness of the name is an advantage. I really didn’t know that companies can make a living out of that.

Anyways, back to the other Margriet Bruggeman, the actress. Since I’m not a Premier Web Citizen, I was also wondering what would happen if I’d search for the names of other TechNet Wiki Ninja’s. I can’t actually write about it too much, because the results got too weird. I’ll share two things though:

  1. Did you know that Ed Price wasn’t the best football coach at the University of Texas? I quote: “After capping off three losing seasons in a row with a 1–9 season, the worst record in school history, Price tendered his resignation”.  I’ll have to assume that this is not our own Ninja Ed J! Ed, can you either confirm or deny this?
  2. I won’t share the name of the Wiki Ninja, but in one occasion, a murder suspect came up in the first couple of search results. That can’t be good news when you’re trying to go on a blind date, right?

This is a long introduction that leads me to the actual topic of this blog post. Instead of looking for Premier Web Citizens, I thought it would be a nice idea to get a little overview of some of the Premier TechNet Citizens. One quick disclaimer, this list is certainly not complete and I’ve excluded Ed Price on purpose. He’s actually my favorite Wiki Ninja, but he’s getting enough attention as it is, so I thought it would be nicer to put some extra spotlights on other people:

I’ll leave you and conclude the blog post with a question: are you a Premier Web Citizen? I’ve noticed that this is harder if you have an American name. It’s probably even harder to accomplish if your name is Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen, or Elvis Presley. But please remember, there is always room for you as a Premier TechNet Citizen!