Managing your digital footprint


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The days when our home and office life were clearly divided ended when we started leaving digital footprints all over the internet. Now many of us, managing multiple social media accounts, are struggling to draw the boundaries and protect our privacy. This presentation looks at how to manage your digital identities responsibly and safely, in order to make the most of what social media has to offer.

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Managing your digital footprint

  1. 1. (Or, not putting your foot in it…)HE Conference, Bishop Burton College, #rsche12 6th March 2012 Scott Hibberson E-learning advisor @scotthibberson
  2. 2. • Define what is meant by ‘digital footprint’• Identify key social media sites where digital footprints are commonplace and provide guidance on how to manage your own digital footprint• Explore the issues of having a digital identity (through roleplay)
  3. 3. “A digital footprint is a collection ofactivities and behaviours recorded whenan entity (such as a person) interacts in adigital environment.”
  4. 4. Image by JD Shippel, available on Flickr under the creative commonslicence
  5. 5. • Sample of 36 HE students at the University of Galway Available from
  6. 6. • A smorgasbord of… …and more!
  7. 7. • Spezify ( for a visual representation of your digital identity• Pipl searches the “deep web”(• Google Alerts• Museum of Me ( htm)• Digital Tattoo (
  8. 8. Image by J Burgin, available on Flickr under the creative commons licence
  9. 9. • Any social media post should be considered in terms of discoverability and audience• The digital landscape is constantly evolving - explore the privacy settings on each social media site you use regularly• Remember, the people you share with can always share your information with others
  10. 10. • Not publishing anything online about yourself doesn’t mean to say that you don’t have a digital footprint• Educating learners in how to navigate and collaborate safely and responsibly using online networks is only possible if you have an understanding of how these networks operate yourself • Separation of professional and personal networks is often complex and needs to be considered case by case rather than hard and fast rules.
  11. 11. • For current links and resources search the hashtags #digitalfootprint and/or #digitalidentity on Twitter• This Is Me learning materials about digital identity available under the creative commons licence, modified by Nancy White, Shirley Williams, Sarah Fleming & Pat Parslow [Accessed 05/03/2012].• Cronin, C. (2012) Resources for exploring digital identity, privacy and authenticity. Catherine Cronin - learning/reflecting/sharing, [blog] 29/2/2012, Available at: [Accessed: 03/03/2012].• Hibberson, S. (2012) Managing your digital footprint, or, making sure you don’t put your foot in it…. Scotts eLearning Library, [blog] 28/10/2011, Available at: [Accessed: 05/02/2012].• Hopkins, D. (2012) Do students understand their digital footprint and how it can affect their employability?. eLearning Blog Dont Waste Your Time, [blog] 28/10/2011, Available at: digital-footprint-and-how-it-can-affect-their-employability/ [Accessed: 05/03/2012].• Keegan, H. (2012) The Paradox of Openness: The High Costs of Giving Online. Heloukee: EdTech and Digital Culture, [blog] 04/09/2011, Available at: [Accessed: 05/03/2012].