A wee spot of fun last night wound up leading to some really rather interesting results... and one has to ask, given the almost sku-wiff nature of these, if these statistics are really only due to these people's presence on blogs, twitter and all-a-that?
And if it is, what does this mean today? Tomorrow?
Five years from now, or even... twenty years from now?
Graham Stanley = Blogger, Author
Graham Davies = Emeritus Professor of Computer Assisted Language Learning, Tweeter (protected)
Shelly Terrell = Prolific Tweeter, Social Media Consultant, Blogger
Nicky Hockly = Author, EdTech Consultant, Blogger
John Hughes = Blogger, Tweeter, Author
Paul Emmerson = Author, Website
Jason Renshaw = Blogger, Tweeter, Author
Mario Rinvolucri = Author
Jeremy Harmer = Author, Blogger, Tweeter
Earl Stevick = Author
Alex Case = Prolific blogger, Twitter-antagonist, Edu-journalist
Jeremy Harmer = Blogger, Tweeter, Author
Alan Maley = Author
Ken Wilson = Author, Singer, Actor, Blogger, Tweeter
Larry Ferlazzo = Prolific Blogger, Author, Tweeter
Scott Thornubry = Author, Blogger, Tweeter
Scott Thornbury = Author, Blogger, Tweeter
Stephen Krashen = Author
For those of you hitting this page who know who all of these people are, i.e. famous folks in the field of English Language Teaching, were the results shocking or to be expected?
Do you think that being easily found on Google is important to your career? Today it really may be worth thinking about things like what your digital footprint is like, do you have any kind of social media presence, at all? Do you currently feel it's a collossal waste of time?
If so you've probably little to worry about however if you're an educational professional who may be checked up on, you know - googled, then you never know... before that next conference someone may well be checking you out because, although your talk sounds good in the blurb, fact is no one really knows you, and as a result choices might now be made that may not have been made B.G...
Perhaps, after glancing at these results, there may be some things to consider: like is it possible that someone else may wind up getting that writing job - you know the one you wanted - and it was only because nowadays they were more well known than you are? Can they now pull in the bums on the chairs that you can't, because nowadays it seems you only belong to the last decade's group of DELTA students? :-(
But please don't fuss and panic... all this social media stuff is actually, really, only a few years on and if you ever needed a really good reason to join/set aside some time to become active soon, this might be it, mightn't it!
- A really funny posting by Luke Meddings on more or less the same subject but with a different angle.
Disclaimer: The erratic nature of Google's ranking may well yield different results on different days in different countries. Different keywords after names will affect search results... Do your own Google-Fight if you don't agree!