Reputation Management -Google as Judge AND Jury: how search engines could ruin your future by bringing up your past
With the internet operating as an open forum, many people are shocked to find disparaging information about them online. However, what can be done to prevent Google from playing Judge and Jury for someone’s future?
Googling one’s own name is commonly seen as a fun activity. However, more and more people are finding that what should be a quick Internet search results in a long and stressful journey as they try to get shocking revelations about their personal lives offline and away from the public domain.
With sites such as Cheaterville and ReportYourEx allowing anyone to name and shame a previous partner, it appears anyone can post potentially damaging claims about a friend, ex-lover or family member online.
“Many sites have now been set up to allow people to openly name and shame people,” says Amanda Wilson from RemoveNames.com – a site responsible for removing derogatory, untruthful or hurtful comments from the web.
She continues: “These sites are run as professional services, so often appear at the top of Google when searching for someone’s name. With some of these sites allowing the poster to add the accused’s full name, location and place of work – many are finding that just one entry can wreck their personal lives, friendships and even jobs – even if the information is untrue.”
It’s easy to see how an exaggerated account from an angry ex-lover could have negative consequences should an employer, friend or new partner Google an individual’s name. However, with the Internet as sprawling as it is, can anything really be done?
Amanda and her company have all of the answers.
“Many steps can be taken to remove the details. We always use our legal team to liaise with the site and request removal of the information. If this doesn’t work, or if the site administrators cannot be found, we’ll call in our team of Search Engine Optimization specialists and they’ll use the latest in web technology techniques to ‘bury’ the information deep within Google, so that it can’t easily be found just by searching for the person’s name.”
It’s not just regular individuals looking to restore and protect their good name either. Amanda admits that her company has worked with professional sportspeople, celebrities and even global politicians to remove potentially harmful information from Google’s search results.
“The potential exists for anyone to have their good name tarnished online, even if the information about them is totally false. What’s worse is that there are sites actively encouraging it, with some allowing users to vote for ‘Cheater of the Day’ based on their location,” explains Amanda.
However, while the juicy, intimate and embarrassing details of someone’s last relationship can easily be exposed for everyone to see, it appears that Google doesn’t actually have the final say in that person’s future, as long as they take action.
To find out more about online reputation management, as well as techniques that can be used to protect your name, please visit: http://www.defamationdirectory.com
RemoveNames.com is a Reputation Management Boutique firm specializes in removing and suppressing negative comments, posts and articles about their clients in an affordable, fast and confidential manner.
There are many websites out there that allow articles, postings and comments from anyone and if someone has another person trying to sabotage them, they can succeed easily by anonymously posting derogatory comments on the internet.
These comments then pop up and get listed in Google, Yahoo, Bing and the major search engines if someone types in a name or business name. This can drastically effect that person, their business or family if the comments are negative and destructive in nature.
RemoveNames are search engine experts. The company works its magic to make sure destructive comments and posts are buried and not visible to anyone who may be searching for a person’s name or business. They have many clients who have been turned down for loans, jobs and even divorces have been initiated due to these terrible things anyone can post.