Welcome to Google Reality. Here, everything is known in less than .17 seconds. Anything can be found on Google, and you may find that you, too, are becoming Kim Strickland. Kim is the writer of the blog A City Mom on ChicagoNow. In addition to being a city mom, Kim is a jet pilot, she writes fiction, and she’s a published author!
Kim is also an extremely versatile, talented and prolific blogger.
Recently, she wrote a post on how she was feeling invisible on Facebook, thanks to their new algorithms. Well, Kim, you are NOT invisible on Google!
According to Google, of the 25 blogs listed under CITY LIFE on ChicagoNow, in addition to A City Mom, Kim Strickland also writes the following blogs—
Concerned Citizens of Chatham
Chicago’s Real West Side
Another Look at Chicago
Look Back, Chicago!
Sister City Love
I Hate My Developer
Neighboring the Neighborless
South Side Stories
From Hollywood to Ravenswood
The B.U.G. (Bronzeville Urban Green)
New Girl in 312
and this blog–Chicago Weather Watch
I am not adding links for a reason. You have to do a Google search for those blogs. There, you will find Kim Strickland’s byline, with her picture—a fabulous, smiling blonde!
How did I discover this? A friend of mine (she is not on Facebook) did a search for this blog on Google and came up with that surprising result. I decided to investigate just how far the new reality had spread. All these blogs are different! Each blog has a unique perspective and writing style. How could one person write them all? Well, Google says it’s so. With that kind of SEO power, will we all become Kim Strickland?
It’s weird to write about a real person in this way. I am a real person, too, although my byline is Weather Girl. In real life, I don’t look like my avatar, either.
Ah yes, the avatar! I have written about her before.
I had a problem with Facebook, myself. It would not recognise the avatar as a person. Facebook would have preferred a photo, but that’s not for me.
You see, I come from that less-traveled part of the Twitterverse where entities with names like Whiskerzen write haiku about crickets.
Yes, there are people on Twitter who use photo avatars and real names. Many use Twitter for professional purposes. They put that information in their Profiles–scientist, graphic designer, life coach, poet, marketing analyst, programmer, photographer, student, etc.
There are also celebrities, of course–at this moment, Lady Gaga has 40,957,503 followers! Yes, she follows, too.
The Dalai Lama has 8,220,855 followers. He isn’t following anybody. Pope Francis has 3,406,958 followers. He’s following versions of himself in 8 different languages!
But I digress. Twitter at its best is ephemeral and fleeting, like bubbles in a stream.
Facebook is–or was–more personal, more sociable. There are Friends and relationships. There’s a past, present and future.
Google is all-knowing. It knows what you’re looking for, even before you do. It can correct your spelling—and finish questions for you! Who am I to question the ways of Google?
Yes, there are other search engines and social media sites, just as there are many other places to shop besides Amazon and Target. But this is Big Google Reality, where everything that can be known is known and everything is connected.
Are we all Kim Strickland, now? Which one of us is typing these words? Maybe she IS imagining me. We both like Tom Skilling….
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