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socialA few years ago, I googled myself and found a couple of other Scott Hansons who have backgrounds similar to mine.  One is a sports reporter for the Seattle Times and the other is host of the NFL Network’s Red Zone.

While on a Southwest Airlines flight recently, I was reading through Southwest, The Magazine when I saw a letter-to-the-editor from a former neighbor and longtime friend, Tami Shaw.

Tami was thanking the publication for a previous article, “Nice to Meet Me,” about a man, Jesse Hughey, who created a private Facebook group for other people with his same name.

Well, Tami had also done that!  About the time Facebook became legit, she began reaching out to other Tami/Tammy Shaws, inviting them to the Tami Shaw page.    There are now eight Tami Shaws who are in the group.  It’s quality over quantity.  They comment on and “like” each other’s posts. My friend Tami said, “It’s weird and comforting all at once.”

Even more unusual:  it’s an example of social media being used for, well…. purely social reasons.

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio


  1. Tami Shaw says:

    Hey! That’s me! Me being social! I’m still on the hunt for more of ‘me.’ Thanks for the help, Scott!

  2. Love this blog post. There used to be a David Landis who was a reporter from USA Today who used to live in San Francisco – and I used to get his email! And then we found a new way for prospecting: we pitched a David Landis who worked for a tech company in the Northwest. Here’s to “dopplenamers”!

  3. Mike Eller says:

    I just check on myself and found another Mike Eller and a lot of photos that are not mine. It appears that there is more then one Mike Eller who is a photographer.
    This is kind of a interesting. I may do more research.

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