As more and more people on this networked planet are living life out loud*, public image management is an increasingly useful skill. Some people call it online reputation management, but online is just a "place" where reputations are curated, and among the most skilled curators are thoughtful young social media users thinking about their futures. There are a lot of those skilled reputation … [Read more...] about Young people’s own tactics for public image management online
The cynical way to say it might be that we're all our own best spin doctors these days. There are a lot of ways to say it, though – e.g., protecting one's public image, reputation management, maintaining your personal brand, or just online spin control – but there's nothing cynical or unsavory about this skill, and it's a life skill, not just an online one. Though it's an important one for social … [Read more...] about Personal ‘brand management’ for social literacy
I wish every high school student had a librarian like Joyce Valenza! Many do, probably, but I hope they hear what Joyce tells the junior class at her school about social media and online reputations. As they prep to apply to colleges and universities, she gives them solid data, resources, and advice, as she relates in her blog at SchoolLibraryJournal.com. She suggests that they replace those kid … [Read more...] about Shh! Listen to the librarian!
So many online reputation experts say the most basic tool is to Google yourself that it seems only natural Google would come out with its own rep-management tool. "The tool, 'Me on the Web,' is now included on the Google dashboard in between account information and analytics," reports a USATODAY blog. Google's explanation is something that needs to become intuitive to every Web user: "Your online … [Read more...] about Google’s new reputation-checking tool
Let's be clear: This is not about admissions offices checking applicants' social networking profiles in their decision process. It's about reaching out to high school students in social media from Facebook.com to Formspring.me. That statistic comes from Kaplan Test Prep’s 2010 survey of college admissions officers, says AllFacebook.com. But also useful is a college admissions thread the FB news … [Read more...] about 82% of college admissions offices recruit in FB