Week Nine: It’s all out there!

On her website Danah Boyd, an online blogger, reminds her regular readers and those who are directed to her site that basically anything you put out on the internet is free for the picking. Google allows for great searches but if you don’t want your name to be searched or your information found you, as the user, need to take control. Boyd gives five suggestions for keeping your information private. Boyd notes that even though video and audio submissions on the internet cannot yet be searched, it is only a matter of time before they can be. http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/archives/2007/09/07/controlling_you.html

The New York Times’ post “Smarter Living” likewise informs the reader that everything that is put out from an internet user to the web, is searchable. The article, like Boyd’s also gives tips on how to protect your privacy online. The Times’ post specifically mentioned personal emails and twitter. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/03/smarter-living/how-to-see-what-the-internet-knows-about-you.html

The Career Builder article “Build a Digital Footprint You can be Proud” of reminds readers that not only can random people search and find information about you on the internet so can prospective employers. Often time employers will investigate a potential employee’s social media account(s) to obtain insight into that person’s personal life. Once again once it’s out there, it’s out there! http://www.careerbuilder.ca/blog/2009/10/12/cb-build-a-digital-footprint-you-can-be-proud-of/

Dan Cohen’s article about blogging offers a positive look at why one should post to social media. He reminds the reader to be careful that some blogs are garbage (my word not his). But he believes that blogging can be a positive experience for the reader AND the writer. https://dancohen.org/2006/08/21/professors-start-your-blogs/

The chronicle.com article was very insightful. I never thought of professors needing or wanting to market themselves but I can see the benefits. Just like Cohen’s article relaying that blogging is beneficial to both the writer and the reader, the chronicle.com article does the same. Professors and other scholars can all benefit from what each other post. Sharing likes and research successes or failures could lead to developments in any field. https://www.chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/creating-your-web-presence-a-primer-for-academics/30458

To sum it up;  You can protect your personal information. Once something is put out on the internet, it’s there! Blogging can be beneficial for the blogger and reader alike but be careful, there is garbage out there. A future employer will most likely check your social media account(s) (been there, done that). Professors and other professionals use blogging and internet sites to collaborate and share information not only of a professional manner.


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