I was reading this new article about a survey by the PEW research center, which found that nearly half of the folks online have looked up themselves! Some other interesting figures:
Searched themselves online: 47% (up from 22% in 2002)
Looked up the web for people they have lost touch with: 36%
Dug up info on someone they were dating: 9%
Searched for someone they were about to hire or work with: 11%
I confess to doing all of those and more :) and am glad to say I have actually managed to re-establish broken bonds. Like, for instance, through Orkut, I was able to get back in touch with some of my childhood friends, whom, I had completely lost touch with (what, you think I am bad? well, those were the days of the "snail mail" remember?)
Well... will this make you a little more conscious about your "online presence"? Will this cause you to "trim the trail"? Or could you care less? Oh, forgot to mention, the polls also suggest that 61% of the folks didn't care about it!