Joyce sent me a link to a very interesting article. Names That Match Forge a Bond on the Internet
That article was inspired by a new book, Finding Angela Shelton. A writer met with 40 other Angela Sheltons, and wrote about her findings. There is a focus of physical and sexual abuse there, just to forewarn you, but as connections go, it's fantastic!! VERY nice project.
The article is altogether interesting, but here's a quote:
Now that the telephone book has been all but replaced by the minutiae-rich Web, searching out, even stalking, the people who share one’s name has become a common pastime. Bloggers muse about their multiple digital selves, known as Google twins or Googlegängers (a term that was the American Dialect Society’s “most creative” word last year).
SameNameAsMe.com is a place to register and you can get messages there from others with same names, maybe. There's a free registration option.
To voice recognition phones, "Zangara Dodge" sounds like "Sandra Dodd" and so I've put the phone number of Zangara Dodge by all my phones and I just give the people the right number when they call. I reported that a while back as Robotic Secretaries and Minnesota. It continues. A couple of callers have said I should report it or complain, but where and how would I complain? That's my name! It only happens a time or two a month. For another connection, this Zangara guy is the uncle of Brett Henry who's been friends with our family since he was eight or nine.
Connections, connections, connections!