Check Yourself Out: On Online Reputations
October 12, 2011 6 Comments
My grade school carpool mates and I used to make fun of vain people who checked themselves out on tinted car windows. Often they wouldn’t notice that there were people inside the van and they’d stand preening in front of the windows. Sometimes, as a prank, we’d knock on the window to startle them. Their expressions were priceless. So here’s a protip for you fellow commuters: Avoid the urge to do your grooming in front of the tinted windows of parked cars. You never know what crazy kids—or hidden cameras—they hold.
If there’s one place you should check yourself out on all the time though, it has got to be the internet. Quick, do a Google search of your name. What did you find?
Because I’m vain like that, here are my latest Google search results:
Just the way I want it, the results for my full name are more professional, with the first being my LinkedIn profile, the next being my Facebook page, and most of the others being about my blogs (inlcuding this one). However, I’m not quite fond of the Multiply blog post and my long-forgotten MySpace account. I was able to remedy the Multiply blog post by making it restricted, but because I forgot the fact that I even signed up for MySpace (let alone my password), I can’t edit it any more. It’s not controversial or anything, anyway. On the other hand, the search results for my nickname reveal more personal sites such as my personal blog, Twittter, and Tumblr.
This is definitely an improvement from last year, when a search for my name resulted in my embarassing highschool Friendster account, and several posts from other people. At least now, majority of the sites that come up in the first page are sites I can edit. In managing your online reputation, it’s best to speak for yourself, and not let other people do all the talking about you—because you never know what they might say.
So go ahead, check yourself out—online, I mean.