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Alert: Joshua Ross is Up to No Good

Submitted by on August 5, 2009 – 2:50 amNo Comment

Does your name contain your fate?  Or some clues into your personality?

One of the easiest ways to see where you are showing up on the Internet is to set up a Google Alert. Just tell Google what terms you are interested in – and you will get an email anytime that term shows up on Google’s radar. Like many people, I have set up an alert for my name since I want to know if I am being mentioned out there on the Interwebs.

More often than not however – I receive alerts on the hundreds of other Joshua Rosses out there.

In the digital era we are thrown into a much larger pool of reference. Suddenly where once my shortened name “Joshua Ross” was unique, I now find myself receiving daily alerts on the Internet comings and goings of all the Joshua Rosses out there. Scary. From Rabbis to repeat felons my fellow Joshua Rosses run the gamut (That is why, in an effort at having a unique identifier, I only use my full name now).

As the alert shows up in my email I receive a short description of why this particular Joshua Ross is making news. Often these are quite compelling and I often try to assign some causality between name and deeds. Do all Joshua Rosses share a common set of traits? You be the judge.

I am going to share some of my favorites as they arrive in my inbox. This came in this morning:

Mall kiosk challenged for selling ‘electronic cigarettes’

DesMoinesRegister.com – Des Moines,IA,USA

Kiosk manager Joshua Ross said he doesn’t understand why there’s a fuss about his wares. “What you inhale is steam. It’s about the same as what comes off a …

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