The first thing I did on Digital Tattoo was to look myself up on the Internet. I couldn’t find myself on http://pipl.com/. Not even when I used my nickname, which my twitter and facebook are under. So, I guess I’m safe on that front.
Then I googled myself. I felt silly about it at first, thinking, “nothing is going to be there.” And, I was right. Only my LinkedIn profile was there, which is good because I want people to see that.
Then I searched my nickname. My Twitter and Pinterest account were the top hits. Now it makes me think about making both accounts private.
Then I deleted my browser history because I never remember to do that….
Digital Tattoo reminded me how important it is to think before I post things on the Internet.
Will Richardson’s “Footprints in the Digital Age”
The first site I visited Digital Tattoo taught me to be more private on the Internet. I was pretty proud at how un-searchable I am. Then I read Richardson’s thoughts. Apparently, I am sort of a loser for not being searchable at all… Richardson does say that privacy is important, but also being searchable for collective and engaging learning is also important. I have blogs and a online resume but they aren’t being searched, so what’s the point?
One of the greatest things about the internet is to interact and learn together. Richardson points out some tips for a personal learning network. I following number one: read blogs. Check. Thanks to googlereader I read blogs all the time. I usually ignore number two: participate and post on blogs. I never really post because I don’t really think my comments are worthwhile. However, posting that I did enjoy the article is nice for the author. Maybe it will get me in the habit of posting my comments. I have a facebook and a twitter, but they are under my nickname. I am starting a twitter under my real name for more professional and educational followings. So no Lady Gaga.
Rachel Zupek’s “Build a Digital Footprint You Can Be Proud Of”
This article was more about career than Richardon’s which was about engaging personal learning networks. Zupek discusses the importance to creating an online presence for yourself.
Here is a quote from Zack Grossbart, a virtual team coach and author of “The One Minute Commute.”
“If you have an established career and no online presence, it is a big red flag for employers,” Grossbart says. “Employers expect to find blogs, forum posts, LinkedIn profiles and many other sources of information about you. If you haven’t been mentioned by other people in a professional context, employers will wonder why not.”
Red flag? I believe it. And, now I need to be working on putting myself online, but is a way that puts my best work forward.
Reading these articles and sites showed me there is a balance between privacy and putting yourself out on the Internet.