Managing your Digital Footprint
Have you ever thought about the impact of what you put online? Are you aware of your digital footprint? If you're not, start digging now.
Your Digital Footprint
Has a job interviewer asked you yet to open your facebook site or your twitter account? Is your boss or whoever wandering through your social sites?
Are you concerned that future employers will pass you over for a job because of what you put out there in the ether world? Or, worse still, has someone posted that picture of the night you had too much fun?
There is indeed cause for careful thinking. Everyone around you has a phone that can record everything you do within their shooting range and instantly post these online. And what seems outrageously cool and funny in one context can be a career ender in another! You may not even know about it.
There is so much out there that it is tough to keep up with your own stuff sometimes. But if it's public, the whole world can see it and your left cheek tattoo may not have the same impact on all viewers. But does this mean you should not be online? Does this mean you have to erase every digital footprint you have? You need to be online. Employers search online. Your presence online is important. Just learn to manage what you're putting out there and here are a few tips.
1. Build a positive digital footprint
How do we build a positive digital file? Here are some things you can do:
2. Recover your digital file
Have you searched your name online? If you have, a digital file is there. It is important that you know what is there. Retain only the ones you can be proud of. This is one reason why the young flock to sites where their comments and pictures are erased after an hour of visibility.
There are other files we are not even aware of. Friends tag us or just post without our knowing it or they let us know but we just ignore them. There are more than we can handle. Still, this is no reason not to do this.
3. Take control of your digital footprint and tend to it
Yes, find out everything people posted about you. If some of these make you seem an arch-dork or basically a high maintenance unit as a potential employee, or do not enhance your personality, ask that these be removed. If this is not possible, counteract with messages with your own denial or more intelligent comment.
Do you actively manage your digital footprint?
Remember, what you post online is not a phone call to your friends on a cell phone. Think of this as talking to the world over a loud speaker. Everybody can hear it, everybody can read it. Here are some tips to manage your digital footprint:
Top 5 Tips in Managing your Digital Footprint
We often toss off neat comments or somewhat fringe opinions in some of our social media accounts thinking that it is just intended for our friends as in a phone call.
What you put out online is public information. What you don't want the public to know, don't post online. What you think is private today could be unmasked tomorrow depending on the path taken by the site managers. They want to make money with your information and they nip around the edges of fairness and even the law to do this.
What's your own experience around this? Do share in the Comments below.
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