Privacy VS. Exposure

I recently locked myself out of my own blog. I could not for the life of me remember my password. It took numerous tries to get in. After the gawker password fiasco, I went around changing my password on every account I could remember. Unfortunately it seems that I have a predilection for signing up for everything on the internet. I have accounts I signed up for, used once, and promptly forgot. Another revelation is that many many websites do not have an automated way to cancel or delete accounts. NIN.com requires you post in a forum thread to have your account removed. And even gawker, the reason behind all of this, doesn’t have a mechanism for deleting your account. Ridiculous.

Recently I have begun to google myself on a regular basis. Not because I want to gauge my popularity, but to find out what information about myself is publically available. I found out that it was too easy to find out quite a bit about Martin Gehrke by just searching for my name. Add a location and it ruled out my foreign brethren, riding the results of my German name-twins.

I want the right people to be able to learn about me through my web presence: friends, colleagues, future potential employers. At the same time I want as much privacy as I can have.