Actually, I believe almost anyone who’s Internet-savvy has self-Googled at some point. It’s fun. People who Google my name in quotes will swiftly discover that “Scott Fontaine is a good reporter working on deadline with space constraints.” (Thanks Eric.) Or they’ll see some other stories I’ve written, like a book review about AIDS in Africa, an upstart basketball league and an Air Force competition at McChord.
Or they’ll read about another Scott Fontaine. Like Scott Fontaine, who likes to post photos of his son. Or Scott Fontaine, who was appointed auto underwriting manager of RVI Group. Or Maj. Scott Fontaine of the North Dakota National Guard.
So where am I going with this? Just to tell you that self-Googling sometimes has pretty cool benefits. For instance, I stumbled across my story about the Samoan community’s White Sunday celebrations on the Web site of the Samoan Observer newspaper (to the right).
I’m no copyright expert, but I’m sure this isn’t exactly kosher. Still, it’s kind of flattering. Most of our content goes out on the McClatchy-Tribune wire service, so stories appearing in other papers is no big deal (a book review I wrote was printed in the Chicago Tribune, for example). But a paper 5,200 miles away? That’s kind of neat.
Either way, I’m going to send an e-mail to an editor there. If it made the print edition, I think the least they could do is send me a copy.