YOURSELF. IT'S NOT JUST AN EGO TRIP!
a Monday morning. You are back at work after a wonderful weekend.
You’re studying for next week’s exams.
you are just bored, wondering what you should be doing.
matter what you’re doing (or not), you’re online. But of
You have at least three Gmail accounts that you need to check every
you are on Facebook, you tweet…every day,
you interact online with dozens of people,
some whom you consider friends, others whom you’ve never met
and a few you hope you’ll never meet.
if I were to ask:
in cyberspace are
answer will most likely be, in one word: everywhere. That’s
everywhere. And that’s great. Who doesn’t want visibility
a teeny bit
of (temporary) fame?
tiny little problem. Sometimes, your answer could be:
don’t really know’. Because, lets face it, we really
have no clue what’s out there about ourselves. Because sometimes,
the truth is, we have no control over what’s out there.
time to fix this. In FIVE simple steps.
1: Google yourself (assuming you don’t already
do this regularly!). Remember to also search in Google images.
Or any search engine, for that matter. Make sure you sign out
of all email/social media accounts first.
2: Scan the results carefully (and not just the
first page, keep going for a few pages!). Say you find a plethora
of information about yourself, particularly your professional
expertise. You also stumble across flattering photos that you
authorized. Great! Skip to Step 5. But.
you find photos of yourself you didn’t know existed in
cyberspace. Or your personal
mobile number (and you have no clue how it got there). Or worse,
3: If you find something about yourself that you
don’t want out there, don’t just shrug and move
on. Write to the website that lists your phone number without
your permission. Or to your friend who has uploaded photos of
yourself that you want removed. You can say it nicely, but say
4: Be persistent. Keep at it until the information
5: Remember to repeat this every few months. After
all, it’s not just an ego trip. It’s an exercise
in looking out for yourself.
This is an initiative of the
2012 Prajnya 16 Days Campaign against
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