Google Alerts and doppelgangers

Like most pathologically self-obsessed gay men, I have a Google Alert on my name — really, I use it to see what stories of mine have been picked up. Anyway, about once a day, I find an email in my in-box from Google, showing me links to where my name — and presumably, me — has come up on the Worldwide InterWeb or what have you.

Only it’s not only me.

I got this Google Alert, which shows where the name “Arnold Wayne Jones” came up recently. I was surprised to find it was on the website Mugshots.com, and identified me as a sex offender in Ohio.

I was shocked and, I doubt mind saying, offended — I would never go to Ohio.

Anyway, here it is; you can see the entire website here.

I hope it goes without saying, but this is NOT me.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones