Will the real Ty Grogan please stand up? Hi, that’s me—Ty Grogan! Little did I know that 17 years ago, when I was 8, playing “Claw” on Windows 8 and not knowing truly what the internet is that there would be such thing as a digital footprint. Fast forward to today and all you have to do is search Google for your name and BAM! there you are!
I must say, I would think Ty and Grogan are pretty unique names. And, they kind of are. But, nonetheless, there are still other Ty Grogans out there. But, I’m glad to say that my digital footprint seems to be a positive presence online.
On the first page of Google, you find pictures of me, links to my Facebook, my website/domain, and a rating on me from Rate My Professor.com.
Google images returns images of me in college with my professors receiving a political science scholarship. You also see my beautiful bride, Taylor!
I did notice that my twitter was not listed, but another Ty Grogan twitter account was. There was also another Facebook account for a Ty Grogan. It may be confusing for some employers to know which Ty Grogan is me, but my presence is larger on the front page of Google than others.
It is scary to think how much information can be found about yourself online. Back in my younger days (18), when I was politically motivated, I decided to run for SC Superintendent of Education. Needless to say, I did not win and did not want to. But a rogue news source out of our state’s capital, Columbia, did a news article on me. The article praised my eagerness, but also poked a few jabs, saying I would “probably raise money for the campaign for by cutting grass.” They also raided my Facebook and posted what they thought were immature pictures of me. One of those photos was of me with my face painted for Palmetto Boys State, a camp used to teach the political process to young people. Photos can easily be misinterpreted online and used against you, so it’s important to maintain a clean and professional presence online.