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Online reputation : Is it just about Google?

5 May

Well, it’s good to be back.
I haven’t had time to post anything new (or interesting) these last few months, last-year students are completely taken over by reading, thesis, scheduling, planning… for the end finally of a Bsc in Information Science (in french) after almost three years!

Today was a very interesting day ; we had a joint class (with the IT specialists) about how to manage your online reputation and we were assigned a case study where we compare two successful businesses, whom I will not mention here, and how they seem to manage their online reputation. Interesting because we use tools like Google, Facebook, Twitter and other collaborative/sharing platform… but one can ask the question : do we have the innate reflex of doing that for ourselves? Do we know what Google is saying about us? In fact, do we know what other sites may say about us?

Virtual Identity Representation

Taken from Fred Cavazza’s Flickr Gallery

As a formal exercise, we students in third-year Information Science and third-year Information Technology are asked to “take back control” of our online reputation, our digital footprint by building a E-Portofolio. We learn to valorize our skills, maximize our output of information, prevent unwanted leaks before they happen… In simple words : we make sure that what is online about us IS about us and we prove it. How? By linking works, past projects, weblinks, images that will tell visitors who we claim to be.

So as a question to the readers who may follow me (even though I’ve been quite absent) or my new visitors  : do you know what your online identity is? If yes, what steps or tools do you use to monitor it?

For information purposes here are the tools I used today for our business case-study :

Social  and Sharing Networks :

People or Business Search :

Blog Search :

Real time web search:

News Search :

  • Google News Timeline (In Google US for now it seems, click on other articles and a graph should appear on the right for selected subjects)
  • Digg

N.B.  I probably forgot to include many others, feel free to share!

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