So I took a little break.
Today I decided to take control. I began with the questions "Who am I online?", "What do people see when they "Google" me?"
Here's what they would have found as of today:
- My Twitter Feed (I'm not the best tweeter but it's the first hit)
- My Facebook Page (I don't spend a lot of time on Facebook but it's in second place)
- Some Images of Me (nothing bad and those that I didn't like I tracked down and got rid of them)
- Rate My Teacher (uhhhggg, a major blow to my self-esteem, really wish this site didn't exist)
- Linked In (so I'm working at this one and getting my professional profile up to date)
- Youtube (only one video on my channel from a project I was a part of for a masters class last year)
- Google + (my profile is taking shape)
- EC&I Blog Hub (I'm working to read and comment on what you wonderful people have written)
- Flickr (I had to contact Yahoo to get account reset, I signed up a long time ago)
This was just the first page of hits. So what am I doing about my Digital Footprint? I'm taking action. It's about time I did a little house cleaning. While it seems there's nothing I can do about Rate My Teacher, I started working on my online identity by creating an About Me page. I then cleaned up some Facebook posts and pictures, removed a bunch of stuff from Instagram and am trying to get my Flickr account revived. Google + and Linked In are two things I'm working on when I can. I renamed my blog as well. I've never been one to promote myself and always felt pretty shy about doing so. I guess this is a major plunge into using Social Media to my advantage. My blog will become my online portfolio, linking people to other services and sites that convey a consistent message about who I am, my philosophy, my career to date and my future goals.