This week I was asked to consider my Digital Footprint on the Web. Not unlike most students just starting out, I decided to Google myself. After only one or two “real” hits to my name, I added in my maiden name as well. The results were not shocking, nor were they impressive. As I continued to use different search engines like Yahoo and Bing, I began to see more results but many that were similar to what I had already seen. The only professional hits I got were for my Educational Blog that I created for one of my Edtech classes, the Edtech Facebook group that I am apart of, my Linked In profile and a few other professional social networks that I honestly can’t remember signing up for.
There were also hits for my Pinterest board and my affiliation with others on Facebook (i.e. Alyssa Rose is friends with so-and-so), but nothing showed up that I would be embarrassed to sit down and show my boss. If anything, I was more concerned about the lack of hits when searching my name, from a professional standpoint. That’s when I really started to consider what I wanted my Digital Footprint to say about me. As I considered online blogs, articles, podcasts and presentations about the topic, I realized that in order to shape my Digital Footprint, I would need to make some serious changes to my online accounts.
Here is my slideshow that captures the strategies that I think will be the most useful in creating my Digital Footprint online. Some of these changes will be easier than others, but as I saw in many articles about individuals who’ve been caught in sticky situations, the changes are worth the effort and time.
UTAS. (2012). Social networking – protect your digital footprint and maintain a professional identity, Retrieved from http://blogs.utas.edu.au/student-advice/social-networking-protect-your-digital-footprint-and-maintain-a-professional-identity/
Momeo Magazine. (2012). Curating Quality Content: How to Find Worthwhile Content to Share on Twitter, Retrieved from http://www.momeomagazine.com/curating-quality-content-how-to-find-worthwhile-content-to-share-on-twitter/
Couros, G. (2010). My Digital Footprint. The Principal of Change, Retrieved from http://georgecouros.ca/blog/my-digital-footprint