The other night I found myself watching CNN, and caught the latest Jeanne Moos piece. She’s a great reporter, working the “off-beat” stories with a casual, irreverent usually humorous style. Her last story started with the question – “Have you ever “Googled” yourself?”
Most of us have. Of course I have, but it’s been a while. So of course, I had to have another go..
Here’s the results when I put “Claire Martin” into the search bar:
The first 2 results I know about, the 3rd – WHOA!
It’s a spoof.. but holy cow.. at 10 pm it jolted me out of my bed (safely sans Mr Mansbridge, I might add!). I had no idea.. and of course I had to click and enter the rabbit hole that can often be the internet.
Wide awake now I decided to check out my Twitter name – and did a search of accounts with the name “Claire Martin”.
Of the top 6 results, I personally know 3!
The great jazz singer – Claire Martin – and I have actually chatted about occasionally being mistaken for one another. My father is a huge fan of hers; I have most of her CD’s and quite frankly, she’s much better looking than I, so the mistake is often to my advantage. In fact in the early 2000’s I was put on a BBC List of “top 100 entertainers to watch” – I’m convinced to this day that the radio executive that constructed the list actually had me mistaken for her!
The 4th Claire MARTIN is also a lovely woman! She lives and works in Paris, France – and we were introduced at a function about 10 years ago at car show and have often had to direct misguided requests for each other back to the other!
So – is it really a small world? Is my name really that common? Or is there maybe more going on here?
What really floors me is that the other 3 “Claire Martins” in the top 6 twitter accounts – are all journalists. I’m going to reach out to all three and see if they’ll write a piece for us on #mybackyard.
See, Jeanne Moos – that’s what happens when you Google yourself!
Claire Martin – aka The meteorologist/former broadcaster Claire Martin