Searching for yourself on Google is something that most of us have done in the past, and many of you likely perform this vanity search every few weeks or even so frequently as every day. Doing this is a risk because you can either build up your ego or completely destroy it depending on what you see. Either way, it’s nice to know what’s being said about you, and you’ll probably find stuff that you never even expected. Just think for a moment about what you would do if you searched for your name and found a search result from someone that was looking to get in touch and reconnect with you. Depending on how you feel about this, it could either be really cool or completely frightening. If you’re leaning towards the first option, then Long Time Lost may interest you.
Basically, anyone who wants to find someone can create a search on Long Time Lost for the person that they’re looking for, the search engines will then index this information, and then the only thing that is left to do is play the waiting game. The idea is that eventually either the person or someone that knows them will see this information while searching and be able to provide some information. Those who reply to these requests can choose to remain fairly anonymous to start with, but if they want to, they can choose to include their e-mail address, mailing address, phone number, or even a picture. I can definitely see this service being used for good, and it’s already reconnected over 100 people, but at the same time, you know as well as I do that some mischievous person/people will take advantage of the system and respond as if they’re someone that they’re not. Hopefully people are better than that.
[tags]Long Time Lost, Google, Search, Vanity Search, Ego, Reconnect, Anonymous[/tags]