Wow, I have to admit this is blowing my mind just a bit. I decided to check out 123people.com, and of course, did a vanity search on my own name. And was I surprised at everything that popped up! There are blog postings, videos, photos, news stories, bios, Amazon links -- you name it.
It took me a while to figure out some of the items included. For instance, one of the images is a cover of OK Magazine with Britney Spears on it. Turns out that a blogger had posted something about that mag, and followed that with another posting about Palin's roots -- an article in which I was quoted. So it apparently uses proximity as one indicator.
What was especially interesting to me was this customized tagcloud. Seems the internet associates me heavily with genetic genealogy. That's where words like Trace, Ann and Turner come in -- Ann Turner, M.D. is my co-author on Trace Your Roots with DNA. While I love gg, I guess I'll have to do a better job of letting the world know that I do other stuff, too!
Most of the other words are fairly obvious. Annie and Ellis clearly come from the story of Annie Moore, the first immigrant through Ellis Island.
And That's?? Well, that had me baffled for a bit until I realized that almost everything written about me includes a remark about my Smolenyak Smolenyak name -- "yes, that's her real name."
Anyway, try it out with your own name and see what you find!