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egosurfing

Egosurfing is looking to see how many places on the Web your name appears. On Alta Vista, you can also see how many times it appears in Usenet postings. On Google or Alta Vista and most other search engines, simply enter your name surrounded by double quotes in the search field like this:

   "Your Name"
and you may be surprised to discover that you're a celebrated personage on someone's Web page or that the local task force report you helped write got put on the Web.

Egosurfing is also a way to find out how many of your site's Web pages are either indexed by the search engine or referred to by other sites. Just enter your second-level domain name, enclosed in quotes, like this:

 "whatis.com" (but enter your own domain name)
The term was posted on Wired Magazine's "Jargon Watch" but we discovered it in Keith Dawson's Jargon-Scout, a feature of his newsletter.
This was last updated in September 2005

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