Have you been "googled"

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Most job hunters never even know when they've lost out on an interview because of "digital dirt."

It could include your chat-room tirade on an ex-roommate's sex life or that photo of you and college buddies smoking something that's not exactly tobacco — stuff a prospective employer finds by Googling your name, stuff that causes her to scratch you off the "to call in" list.

Today, job hunters can count on being Googled. Three out of four recruiters do Internet research on candidates, and one in four has dropped candidates based on what the searches found, according to 102 recruiters responding to a "digital dirt" survey conducted by ExecuNet, a Norwalk, Conn.-based networking organization for high-earners.

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When it comes to modern courtship, cyber-stalking is increasingly part of the pre-date preparation.

About 43 percent of people who answered a dating-service survey said they type their date's name into the Google search engine before they go out. And 88 percent of those people said they wouldn't be bothered if their dates did the same thing.

"Technology has changed so many things," said Alana Beyer, senior communications manager for It's Just Lunch, the dating service that surveyed 1,167 people on its Web site. "It's just a new avenue to learn about a new destination, a new book or your date."

It's love at first Googling.