Tell Me If You Think This Is Weird: Putting A Google Alert On Someone You’re Dating

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Last week, Kim Kardashian was snapped reading a Google Alert of herself on her Blackberry. She got a lot of flak for this, but it seems natural and normal for a woman who’s constantly talked about in public forums to try and keep abreast of what’s being said.

No, having a Google Alert on yourself makes sense. Having a Google Alert set up for someone you’re dating is a different matter, entirely. We covered this topic a year ago, but it’s one worth exploring again.

A Google alert, for those who don’t know, is a service which sends you emails every time someone writes your name (or, any other specified term) on the internet. This is very useful for tracking what people say about you, whether it’s for professional reasons, personal reasons, or….dating reasons?

I have a friend who’d been dating a sweet guy for about a month and a half. They met for drinks one night, and she eagerly told him about a press-clipping that had just been released that day. “Oh, I know–I saw it on your Google alert.” he told her.

At which point her inner monologue went: “……..Huh.”

On the one hand, it’s flattering that he cared so much about her to want to be alerted of any professional developments the moment they happen.

On the other hand….too much too soon? Kind of…overzealous? I publicly pride myself on being a Grade A stalker, but I can’t imagine actually signing up for a Google Alert on someone I was dating: it would feel much too controlling/creepy.

What do you guys think? Is it weird to set up a Google Alert on someone you’re dating?


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