2/7/08

Dear Coworker Who Googled Me,

Hi! You were introduced to me via email today, and perhaps face-to-face when I made one of my rounds on my first two days of work last week. But for some odd reason you felt the need to take my full name, provided in an e-mail blast by my manager, plug it into Google and see what you could dig up on me. Maybe you were intrigued by my education or the fact that I worked in IT previous to joining the team. But what you found was the Toronto Star article that featured myself and shrunk and our blogs and it lead you here. Bet you didn't expect this, eh? But I have to know why you didn't come ask me any questions about who I am, where I came from or what I'm all about? My office door has been open since day one. I'm more than eager to talk to each and every person in the office, learn what they do to make it work efficiently and how we all work as a team. So many stop by and chat with me on a daily basis and have made me feel so welcome and I feel sort of uneasy that someone would want to dig around on the Internet to find out more about me than come ask me questions directly. Plus, it probably wasn't an effective use of the work day considering you spent an hour "learning more about me" here. But I'm not shy about this blog, my weight loss or the topics I write about and I hope that you feel you know me well enough now to strike up a conversation about running or weight loss or the trials and tribulations of having a digital scale - whatever tickles your fancy. I just hope it's friendly chatter in the lunchroom, the hallway, wherever and not through a blog feed. Your friend(hopefully) and coworker, Marie (I don't expect comments kiddos, but feel free to flame ME for being passive aggressive or a bitch or whatever - it's just something I needed to get off of my chest.)

34 comments:

Erin said...

You are awesome - I love it! I would totally post something like you did. Hilarious. Bet they feel REALLY dumb now....

Jen said...

Marie, I (heart) you...because you are you...and passive aggressive like me...

I hope all is well at the job and that you have made some wonderful friends (of course, non more wonderful than me!)

marie said...

I hope whoever it was just wanted to know what the hell is stuck in my teeth.

Vanessa aka Wheebs said...

Haha, too funny/creepy that someone who barely knows you decided to fish around on the internet about you. Maybe they think you're cute? ;)

Diet Coke and Zingers said...

Wow- I hope he/she figures out what a badass you are and makes friends fast! By the way- how in the heck did you figure out that you were googled?

Vickie said...

Is it possible that THIS is part of someone's job? I knew another blogger who's HUSBAND's company had a person who conitored things - blogger had made the mistake of mentioning her husband's company. I see that you are very careful to protect privacy issues - but maybe they were told to check things out - maybe it is some standard thing ??? Probably not - but I thought I'd mention it.

Vickie said...

I am not sure why my fingers typed conitored - like a cross between censored and monitored I guess.

marie said...

Vickie - If that's the case, they should have researched me BEFORE I got there, not a week after a started and not 15 mins after my manager realized he hadn't announced my arrival to the rest of the staff.

I've been very careful never to mention what type of job I have beyond the capacity I work in and don't plan on relating that on my blog in the future.

Amuldoon said...

Weird indeed, kinda creepy to boot.

Can I google you Marie? I like stalking you... and have yet to figure out WTF is in your teeth! ;)

ps- you are a fox.

Sarah said...

Seriously, you ROCK! I love honest people, straight shooters, etc. And really, if you're being a passive aggressive bitch, well you're really not the one who started it are you!?

Carolyn said...

Too funny! I bet said coworker, much like I am, is baffled at how you know all this.

I also heart your passive-aggressiveness. Many times, the things that you write in your blog are my sentiments exactly :)

Bitch on, sister. :)

Crabby McSlacker said...

Uh oh--I google people all the time! I've googled people I've met only casually and not thought twice about it. Part of the reason I don't use my real name on my blog is I just assume everyone else googles all the time too!

It honestly never occurred to me that it might be offensive to the googlee, or that someone might try to trace the search back to my ISP. Yikes!

marie said...

Crabby - I think I'm just a bit concerned because I was introduced to everyone face-to-face, TWICE, and they had the opportunity to ask me questions, and many did, about my background.

One coworker had no fear asking me about my previous workplace and was especially interested that I had some IT background.

I just find it weird that someone would google me when I work down the hall from them.

Although there hasn't been any activity on the blog today, someone DID just arrive at my door to introduce themselves...AGAIN and ask if I was set up on the network (nah - I've been sitting on my butt doing no work here for a week :|)

I like how Fridays here are slow :)

Laura said...

You are fracken awesome (yes, I've been watching entirely too much Battlestar Galactica these days) and I heart you! That is the best post I've seen in a long time, ever, anywhere. You rock a whole bunch!

love,
Laura

P.S. It's your blog and you write whatever you want on it.

Lucas said...

Marie,
I don't think it's passive agressive. I think it took balls! Great big ones. You are a stud!

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eurydice said...

Maybe I'm missing something - but how do you know you were googled? Did someone at work say something?

marie said...

Just like how I know when people google "paul plakas" or "east side marios points" and come to my blog.

It's not rocket science.

Everyone leaves their mark.

eurydice said...

so you just know that you were googled from work, but you don't know specifically who did it. CREEPY! i hope they read this post! people who google "shiny pants tight videos" and "here i am... rocking like a hurricane" come to my page lol.

Cat_82 said...

You're brave and awesome and some days....I wish I was you!

I totally laughed when I read this. I'll bet that person went soooooo red in their office when they read this post!!

You're my new hero.

Heather said...

I seriously heart you Marie. You are one of the most ballsy, cool chicks I've had the pleasure of getting to know in blogland and I sincerely hope to meet you in person some day :)

Anonymous said...

Maybe the person who googled you is shy! What does it matter who googles you, if you're out there you'll be found. You must be guilty of googling people yourself if you know how the system works, I know I am, so before I "kinda" chastise someone for doing something, I'd have to look in the mirror first and see if I was guilty of the same transgression.
Mea Culpa.

Mojo

Sonya said...

Good for you! That's crazy that someone did that. How'd you find out?

marie said...

Mojo - I know how WEB STATS WORK. I know the ins and outs of them & even Google optimization as that was a part of my job for the last six years, that's why I know what went on.

I have never Googled a coworker before. I find that creepy.

~pe~ said...

hey chickie...too funny. people are just odd sometimes eh?

meredi said...

At my last job, my boss came up to me the day of my second interview and said "I see you when to the science centre last weekend! My wife and kids were there too!"

So bizarre. I did NOT tell them about my blog, and he had not told me, until that moment, that he had Googled me. Googling is weird enough, but striking up a conversation with someone about something you learned WHILE Googling them is incredibly awkward!

Hope you figure out who it is :)

Sara said...

You are so passive aggresive it is funny!!

I've googled a coworker but he was an international male model so I think it was expected and even necessary!

I hope they have introduced themselves by now (but I'd be shocked if they admitted it!)

Angie All The Way said...

Wow, it never ever occurs me to "google people." I'd rather tickle them. :-P

You're a spit fire sister, don't every change.

(Has any of your coworkers started looking at the floor when you look at them yet?)

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Anonymous said...

I like it when I'm googled. It feels good. What does it matter if they ask you face-to-face, or quietly learn about you based on what you've allowed to be publicly displayed?

Maybe somebody thought you were hot but felt coming right out and asking wouldn't sound right from a new colleague.

I personally would feel proud that they took time to learn more about me.

-Judy

Hope said...

While I was going through similar feelings, I was wondering what to do and how to make it clear to the coworker and another person that I knew what he/she was doing. My husband suggested posting a blog entry something like yours. I had to google and find if anyone else had done that and voila! i found your blog. Initially, I thought it wud be impolite.... but hey! they aren't being too polite either, are they? So, cheers to you (indirectly) and my husband for providing that extra nudge. :)

alantru said...

My theory is that Googling coworkers is the new way of finding out about the people you work with without having to talk to them. Me, I prefer conversations. :)

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Anonymous said...

Great post! I wish I could post something like this for my coworkers but unlike you, I have many things in my life to be ashamed about and my lucky coworkers seem to be great detectives. I feel like I have no privacy outside of work. It's not even because they want to know if I call in sick or not it's because they want to find out dirt on me and they did. I have to work every day with fear of being fired or wondering what now... what are these people planning next. You know, even if I didn't like a coworker i would never google them or their spouse/relative/friends up just to dig up some bones about them and spread it around.

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