Do you Google people you meet?

I do. Ted Demopoulus does. It’s simple business intelligence.


– If I’m in a meeting with my laptop open and my phone rings with number I do not recognize, I’ll quickly Google the number (it’s amazing how many Realtors’ cell phone numbers aren’t found via Google) – if it’s a client and it’s important, I’ll likely leave the meeting* to take the call.

– If the “person” calling shows up on or – there is a very small chance that I will answer.

– Frequently I’ll Google someone’s email address – and it’s amazing how effective this can be.

Google me – with or without quotes.

I expect to be Googled.

*I love volunteering and working on various Realtor committees – they bring value to my business in a variety of ways – but if a client calls while I am in Strategic Planning for the Virginia Association of Realtors, my and my clients’ Strategic Plans come first.

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  1. Charles Woodall May 1, 2008 at 09:15

    Hi Jim,

    Didn’t know you were a CENTURY 21 guy until I hit the Google link above. I enjoy your blog!

  2. Ben Martin, Va Assn of REALTORS May 1, 2008 at 10:59

    I google lots of different kinds of people. Job applicants, contractors, freelancers, co-presenters, etc. If I can’t find you online, I get a little weirded out. You need to be “on the grid” or it’s almost as if you don’t really exist in my mind.

  3. Pavel May 1, 2008 at 12:59

    Do you also check how many websites link to your blog by typing: Here’s a quick look: – 32
    RealCentralVA – 1,570 – 7,400 – 14,500

    Very impressive.

  4. Jim Duncan May 1, 2008 at 14:08

    Thanks, Pavel. I hadn’t done that in a while.

    Noticed you’re blogging now, too – the cville re blog world grows …

    As Ben said – “If I can’t find you online, I get a little weirded out.”

  5. Ricardo Bueno May 2, 2008 at 00:00

    See, I’m not the only one who does it… When my phone rings and I don’t recognize the number, I quickly type a search on the computer to see where the call is coming from. If it’s a place I recognize and am expecting a call, I answer it. Otherwise I’m sorry to say that I let it go to voice-mail (I’m sorry but when you have many profiles online we get our fair share of solicitations).

    And yes I google people I’m going to meet. I try to learn as much about them as I can 😀 It’s just good business.


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