My 20 year high school reunion coming up this year had me Googling the names of some of my former classmates, just for fun and to see if I could find anybody.
What surprised me was how few people I found. The names I did find had such a small Googleprint that it was difficult to tell if it was the person I was looking for. Most of what I did find were just names in press releases or news stories, but not much else.
A few explanations come to mind:
- The vast majority of my old classmates are not as computer or Internet saavy as I am
- The ones that are have never bothered to create much of a Net presence
- Any classmates that do have a significant Net presence don't use their real name
- I'm just a freak and spend far too much time on-line
By Occam's Razor, the real explanation is probably #4.