Googling the New Acquaintance
Sometimes, after meeting somebody, you get that weird...vibe about them. Or maybe, you're simply intrigued about them. You want to know everything you possibly can about them, so that's when you decide to log in to your computer and search their name. More often than not, your search returns nothing, prompting you to want to know more about them. Sometimes, you get results, but they were nothing like you were expecting
. This is often how attraction starts between characters, prompting them to want to get to know you. If the person you're searching has a pretty common name, but you still manage to find information on him, that's It's a Small Net After All
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- There's a commercial for a fast AT&T 4G phone where a guy and a girl are speed-dating, and as the guy is giving the girl lines, she's reading the opposite of what he's telling her off his online dating profile page and calling him on it.
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- In Death Note, when Light Yagami and Misa Amane discover they are the first and second Kira, respectively, the first thing they do is try to look information about each other. Light, while a genius, keeps his profile low, just giving basic information on his online profile. Misa on the other hand, is a famous model with a lot of public interaction and public events. Obviously this initially stresses Light quite a bit.
- At the start of the Ghost in the Shell: Arise manga, Aramaki gives Batou an order to deliver a package. Even though Section 9 hadn't officially existed yet, and it wasn't an order he had to follow, the team decided he was the best for the job because Motoko ran a background check and found out he used to work as a postal delivery man before he joined the military. Batou was not amused.
- In the novel of The Devil Wears Prada, we get a lot of backstory on Miranda from what Andrea says about her Google search just after she gets the job.
- During Galaxy of Fear Tash meets a man who everyone agrees is crazy. She's told he's the sole survivor of a Coming In Hot situation, his mind snapped, and if he leaves D'vouran he'll be apprehended by the authorities. She accesses the Holonet to look up records on him and finds that they match what she's been told, but notices a program attached to the records that alerts someone that she's accessed them, and naturally Tash finds this suspicious.
- In the first episode of the revived Doctor Who, Rose looks up "the Doctor" shortly after meeting him. When that predictably gives her a huge bevy of irrelevant results, she tightens the search to include "alien", and finds a related website with improbable ease.
- Relied upon for the 'Lorenzo von Matterhorn' play from Barney's Playbook in How I Met Your Mother to work.
- Also invoked in one episode where Ted mentions how dating isn't like it used to be since people can find out all sorts of things about you before you even go on a first date. So when he asks out the chick of the day, they decide to make a pact not to google each other before their date. Naturally his friends being the nosy-nellies that they are (even lampshaded by Robin's current therapist boyfriend) Google her instead. Commence them freaking out and trying to get Ted to look at what they found. He finally caves in, and instead of it being awful, it turns out the girl is a rocket-scientist-baby-saving-extremely-wealthy-miracle woman. So Ted blows the date by having an inferiority complex.
- Watson does this with Sherlock Holmes in the first episode of Sherlock, which brings him naturally to Holmes' website.
- In Elementary, on the other hand, Holmes has already Googled Watson before meeting her in person, resulting in this gag that made it into the previews:
How did you know my dad had an affair? Holmes:
Well, not everything is deducible.
- In an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Xander is initially squicked when Willow says she's Googling a student Buffy is trying to help until he's told what it means.
- A variant occurs in FlashForward (2009), when people take to checking the Mosaic website to find out about people. This most notably occurs with Janis and Maya.
- On Scrubs a patient Dr. Kelso is treating finds information about him and her medical condition via her smart phone, faster -and more accurately- than he was telling her. Being somewhat behind the times, he had no idea how she was doing it until Dr. Cox mentioned it as something patients have started doing.
- Employers have the right to check a potential employee's Facebook page (just as anyone does by simply typing someone's name into the search bar), but it is illegal to ask for the applicant's profile name and password. If the employer insists on seeing it, he has to allow you to log in personally. More on The Other Wiki here.