What ChatGPT knows about you and why you should be concerned

When was the last time you Googled yourself? You never did that?! C’mon everyone does it! If you are active on social media, your social media profiles will feature prominently on the first results page including your LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram presence – all websites you somehow control directly. Google might also include other websites that mention you.

Try the same search on ChatGPT, and you might be in for a big surprise. I asked ChatGPT to write a short bio for myself, and this is the first paragraph:

Screenshot of a ChatGPT result for Matthias Lüfkens

ChatGPT claims I was born in 1971 in Switzerland, have lived in Belgium and studied political science – Spoiler: It is all wrong! I am a bit older, I was born in Germany, I’ve never lived in Belgium, and wish I had studied political science. The overly complimentary biography is studded with factual errors and false information. I have since replied to the machine, correcting the falsehoods. Several days later, ChatGPT still insists on embellishing my profile:

Screenshot of a ChatGPT result for Matthias Lüfkens riddled with errors and false information.

No, I didn’t author The Social Media Handbook for Financial Advisors, nor The Social Media Bible for Policymakers, but thanks for the mention, ChatGPT.

The results using Bing’s AI chatbot are a bit more factual with most of the information correctly sourced and largely culled from the About section of my LinkedIn profile.

Screenshot of a Bing Chat result for Matthias Lüfkens

However, this example clearly shows that you should not trust ChatGPT. For better results, make sure your public social media profiles – and especially your LinkedIn bio – are up to date. Chances are recruiters might search for you online.