I doubt a school would search every applicant just to see what would come
up, but I wouldn't put it past an interviewer if they have your file beforehand or other faculty/staff that might review files.
I won't give details of the story since I don't have his permission, but I recently heard a classmate's story from one of his interviews. The interviewer saw something interesting in his statement/application and did some searching. He pulled it up during the interview. It wasn't a terrible thing and he still got accepted at that school, but it certainly was not something he expected to face in his interview.
My pre dental society invited a guest speaker who reviews applications at the dental school in Arizona, and he stated that he googles the people that he's planning on interviewing/accepting.
I'm just curious of what some red flags are if they scan your facebook or something. I guess it helps hid your facebook from google search from the settings page, and only allow friends to see most of your content.
No school gave me the vibe they googled me. Most interviewers forgot where I went to school or what my personal statement said. They are there to ask generic questions and get sincere answers from you, not to take a glance at your web search results.
If they googled me, they would know I was a gay porn star in who died in 2007.
...not. even. kidding.
maybe it'll put the adcoms in a randy mood though and subconsciously provoke them to send me an interview invite.
Your interviewers might (especially the student interviewer) if they see something interesting in your application. Make sure you don't post anything incriminating online and you'll be fine. Hide your FB profile from public views and take down any pictures that you wouldn't print and show your grandmother. Revealing clothes, drunken shots, anything showing bad judgment.