The Dictionary of Us
Online Reputation Advice: Define yourself! Like no one has ever defined you before.
Every day Economic Thoughts by: Susan Shea
Online reputations are important today,
August 8, 2014 and will be for a long time: Schools are starting to
monitor it (people's individual public online presences) on their employees and
students. Human Resource Departments are looking at former, current and
potential employee online social media profiles. So our online
reputations are being used like the White and Yellow Pages were decades ago!
And now there are photos and videos associated with our "listings".
I am a fan of primary resources: Many Dictionaries (all kinds and
publications). And that is what the internet does to people and
businesses: It defines us and so you could say that the internet is a
"Dictionary of Us!" But
who is making up definition 1) of us? How about 2)? Or number 3)? A
person isn't just a noun! It is a verb
and adjective and adverb and, oh yes a pronoun! It's a Proper noun and that is
the most unique word to begin with. My name is Susan. I am the only
Susan in the world...not! There are many of them. I am Susan Shea
and I am not the only one. But I may the only Susan Shea in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana and that is the important part of defining yourself on the internet:
Answering the Who, What, Where, Why and How of you! Yes, being cautious
about sharing too much is important but being too private is also something
that can create questions of trust about you. Making true efforts to live
a life, that when it is scrutinized, can be defended; is important in today's
world. Standing up to people who may judge you is a good thing to
practice. Seeing yourself in the worst photo that has ever been taken of you
(and never posting it) and seeing yourself in the best photos and yes, posting
them: That is what advertising is: showing something in its best
definition, while also being truthful. Where to begin? This is very arguable: I have used many
online defining profiles since 1990 with my first, which was via CompuServe.
Remember them?! I used some aliases like
|Define yourself : Managing your Online Reputation Susan Shea Fall 2014 Baton Roue, Louisiana|
SocialWorkerSRS, ParalegalSRS, and now I have been using GeauxThink all of these IDs define (d) (s) a side of me, like definitions 1) 2) and 3) But the most important thing is to be truthful. You have probably practiced what I have described above. I encourage you to keep describing yourself when you are promoting your economic interests, primarily your business and the communities to which you belong. Be Your moving, living definition of yourself, like no one can do for you. No one!