Branding Yourself Through Social Media


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This presentation discusses the benefits and pitfalls of using social media to create a personal brand. Covers how to protect your reputation and portray yourself professionally through online tools and privacy settings.

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Branding Yourself Through Social Media

  1. 1. Branding Yourself Through Social Media
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  3. 3. via DailyMailOnline (UK):
  4. 4. Your friends are *not* the only people who are on Facebook (/MySpace/Twitter/the internet.) Chances are, so are your co-workers, your parents and even your prospective bosses. via Valleywag:
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  6. 6. via I’m Not Actually a Geek: The internet is forever: screenshots, Google cache and the Internet Archive, oh my!
  7. 7. via PopCrunch: Pictures on your phone are not necessarily private (just ask Miley Cyrus or Paris Hilton.) And just because you ask someone to keep a pic you sent them to themselves, doesn’t mean they will…
  8. 8. via Mashable:
  9. 9. Get to know your privacy settings and options. Some resources for Facebook: <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  10. 10. via Wired: Don’t make it easy for hackers, learn to create strong passwords:
  11. 11. Avoid scams that hurt your finances and your reputation <ul><li>Never, Ever Click a Link to Your Bank or Financial Institution From an Email </li></ul><ul><li>Never Give Out Your Email Password </li></ul><ul><li>Use Strong Passwords (and Secret Questions) </li></ul><ul><li>Do Not Buy Anything from an Email You Didn't Ask For </li></ul><ul><li>Watch Out for Job Postings That Look Too Good </li></ul><ul><li>Do Not Give Out Your Personal Info or Social Security Number </li></ul><ul><li>Learn to Use a Modern Browser's Security Features </li></ul><ul><li>Ignore Web Site Popups Saying You Have a Virus </li></ul>via LifeHacker:
  12. 12. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Please?! <ul><li>We’ve all been tempted to do it, but before you hit share or repost or retweet , take a moment to do your homework. </li></ul><ul><li>Google it to see if anyone’s refuted it or if there are other sides to the story. </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter search ( ) to see what people are saying about it, in real time. </li></ul><ul><li> is your friend. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Search yourself. <ul><li>If someone Googles you, what will they find? You should always know the answer to that question. (Try using all variations of your name; also try other search engines.) </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that you are putting out public content that you are comfortable representing you, and keeping the rest private. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain a professional presence somewhere on the web (LinkedIn/blog/online resume/portfolio). The more good content you put out, the more you control your own reputation. (Bury the bad stuff!) </li></ul><ul><li>35% percent of employers said that what they found on the internet caused them not to hire a candidate, according to a CareerBuilder survey. </li></ul>
  14. 14. You can find this presentation online, along with all the links, at For more information, contact Valerie Forrestal (valerie [dot] forrestal [at] stevens [dot] edu)