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Debi banks digital footprint


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  • Very nice presentation. I too liked that Lakota Proverb. It is so true. I am not as conscious about my online activity as I should be and after this little project, I think I might pay a lot more attention to what I post, like and contribute to.
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  • Hi Debi,
    You explore this topic well! It is certainly a strong reminder that everything we do and post online is visible and could come back to haunt us. I'm extremely careful about this, but I like how you've emphasized the need to think before we post anything. I personally am conservative about what I choose to 'like' on Facebook because I want some control about what my interests are. More and more I am using social media from a professional standpoint and less from a personal one, though there is still balance. I liked your quoted proverb that we will truly be remembered by the tracks we leave behind. Well said!
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Debi banks digital footprint

  1. 1. DigitalFootprintDebi BanksEDTECH 543
  2. 2. A Digital Footprint “The world is listening to us when we are onthe web, then lets make sure what we say is interesting, engaging, positive and representative of our better selves.”
  3. 3. What is a Digital Footprint Trail of information one leaves online  All of the information about a person  Either posted by that person or others  Intentionally or unintentionally
  4. 4. How Do You Leave a DigitalFootprint? Websites and web merchants  When you sign up for or when you buy something, you are giving out personal information.  Your personal information is often shared, circulated, and sometimes sold. Facebook  Your conversations on Facebook are more public than you might realize.  Anyone can copy/paste anything you say into an email that they send to others - or publish on Facebook.
  5. 5. How Do You Leave a DigitalFootprint? Cont. YouTube  What is you are video recorded by someone else, and posted that on YouTube.  If posted on someone elses YouTube site, you dont have access to it and cant remove it. Google  Did you know that Google reads your Gmail?  They can choose what advertisements follow your interests.
  6. 6. How to Start a PositiveDigital Footprint Google  Others can quickly find out about who you are  Google yourself  What did you find?  Can you be confused with someone else?  Was there a clear path? What to post?  Is this something you would want your colleagues or future employers to see?  Post articles, achievements, and other things that that will create a positive image of yourself.
  7. 7. How to Start a PositiveDigital Footprint Cont. Steps to starting a positive digital footprint:  Read blogs related to your interests. Search using to see who has similar interests.  Participate. If you find someone who shares similar interests and is interesting, be sure to share by commenting.  Use your real name. This is a step necessary to be Googled well. Be careful, do not divulge personal information.  Start a Facebook page. You can start social networking and collaborating with those who have similar interests.  Explore Twitter. Enables you to share updates and network.
  8. 8. Accept Your DigitalResponsibility Sharing publicly  Creating and updated can reach anyone, not just the intended person or persons. Know how to present yourself  Every social network is different. Be authentic  Remain true to yourself. Big egos will self-destruct  Always remember that this can happen in a big way. Be respectful  Disagreements don’t have to be nasty or hurtful. Carry yourself well  Let your character shine through.
  9. 9. Lakota Native AmericanProverb YOU will be forever remembered by the tracks YOU leave behind.
  10. 10. Accept Your DigitalResponsibility cont. Think about  How do you want to “show up” online?  Do this before you share/engage in conversations.  The Internet never forgets!
  11. 11. First Impression Appear online/first impression  How are you perceived?  Are you proud of what appears when someone performs a search for you name? Be consistent  Use consistent names  Allows other to find you without confusion  Re-emphasize who you are  Use same picture and name
  12. 12. Being Cautious Information can be leaked  Damage control steps  Delete photos that will send wrong message  Request tagged photos be removed  Set strict privacy measures for personal sites
  13. 13. Build a Positive OnlinePresence Easy to be found  Make it possible to be Googled so others with similar interests can find you easily. Positive Representation  Ensure your digital footprint is a positive representation of who you are. Post Useful Information  Link to interesting articles (Facebook), tweet about relevant/interacting blogs or websites.
  14. 14. Build a Positive OnlinePresence Post positive information on sites Comment on blogs related to your interests Write your own blog Post well-written, positive book reviews on Amazon Create a professional profile, and build your contact list using professional network sites (LinkedIn) Google yourself (information and images) Remove negative information quickly  Screen information and pictures (can’t always delete) Don’t assume sites are private (Facebook, MySpace) Network with those with similar interests
  15. 15. Online Presence To maintain an Online Presence  Use a combination of social tools  Google Maps  Facebook  Twitter  Flickr  Youtube  Pinterest
  16. 16. Online Presence Elements Blogging  Establish and maintain name recognition  Quickly respond  Maintain positive focus Reputation Management  Track actions and opinions  Respond to negative posting with an apologetic attitude Social Media  Create information to attract  Encourage others to share with their social networks
  17. 17. Protect Yourself Online Create professional email Limit contact information Never provide your social security number or other important information If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  18. 18. ReferencesBrown, R. (2011, May 13). Digital Footprints. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from, C. (2012, February 6). What Digital Footprints Are You Leaving Behind? [Web log comment]. Retrieved from your digital footprint. (n.d.). Retrieved from digital-footprintManaging Your Online Presence. (n.d.). Retrieved from 9.pdf
  19. 19. Online presence management. (2012, July 29). Retrieved September 30, 2012 from, S. (2012, September 19). Build a positive professional online presence. Times of India. Retrieved from 19/work/31054791_1_online-reputation-social-network-business- websiteYour Digital Footprint. (2012). Retrieved from net.cfm?subpage=635376