Surviving and Thriving Online 2011
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Surviving and Thriving Online 2011



This talk outlines ways to make yourself known effectively on the Internet and create the image you want rather than the one that is built by your friends or your travels.

This talk outlines ways to make yourself known effectively on the Internet and create the image you want rather than the one that is built by your friends or your travels.



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Surviving and Thriving Online 2011 Surviving and Thriving Online 2011 Presentation Transcript

  • Surviving and Thriving Online 2011 Pat Sine Information Technologies – Client Support & Services University of Delaware
  • Image source:
  • THEN:Private by default; Public through effort. NOW: Public by default; Private through effort.
  • What do we know about the Internet?
  • 1. The Internet never forgets!
  • The Internet Archive or The Wayback Machine
  • The Library of Congress is archiving all publictweets since 2006.
  • 2. Search tools scour all of theInternet for facts. And they get betterevery day!
  • Source:
  • 3. Computers are really good atsorting through lots of data.
  • 4. Anything can be copied, editedand redistributed.
  • Let’s try that!
  • 5. The web is full of “InvisibleAudiences.”
  • Take Control!
  • 1. Stay Safe
  • Internet Safety 2011• Keep your computer SAFE• Keep AWAY from dark corners• Keep TELLING
  • What are the online threats in 2011?• Online sexual solicitations• Cyberbullying
  • • Your classmates• You
  • 2. Be AwareKeep CONTROL of your connections and your status updates
  • • 88% of universities rate social media important in evaluating prospective students.
  • • As much as 64% of businesses make hiring decisions by what they find on social networks.
  • • Your prospective date will Google you.
  • Internet Safety 2011• Keep your computer SAFE• Keep AWAY from dark corners• Keep TELLING• Keep CONTROL of your contacts and your status updates.
  • • 92% of U.S. children have an online persona by the time they are 2 years old.• Some have an online persona before they are born.• 23% of sonograms are actively published and shared on social networks and blogs.
  • Passive Digital Footprint• Your email account• Online services• Mentions by others online• Your searches
  • If you are not thecustomer, you are the product!
  • Take Action
  • Show the world.• Start by getting a unique name that you can be proud of.
  • Chronicle of Higher Education Website, 11/14/2008
  • Show the world.• Use the tools of the web to build your online persona.
  • Page Rank Source:
  • Tools to show the world.• Facebook • YouTube• LinkedIn • Wikipedia• Flickr • Google Site• Twitter • Your own web page
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Flickr
  • Wikipedia
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Come on, Pat! Real kids couldn’t do that!
  • Meet Matt Dermody
  • Meet Laura Stockman
  • Meet Tavi Gevinson
  • Style Rookie Tavi Gevinson
  • Back to you…
  • To do today!• Watch what you do to yourself• Find a name that works for you and claim it!• Start collecting and linking on a Google Site or your own site or blog
  • “Life is not about findingyourself, it’s about creatingyourself.” George Bernard Shaw
  • New Yorker Magazine,July 5, 1993
  • Source:
  • “I want to believe that my online persona is whoI am, but somewhat self-edited and on my bestbehavior, and not a carefully constructedcaricature of the person I wish I were.” Maurilio Amorim