Note that the content on this guide has been adapted from an Online Identity Management guide at the University of Texas, created by Sarah Morris and librarians in Library Instruction Services in the spring of 2013.
What is your online identity?
Your online identity is the online version of you. There are a few important things to remember about your online identity.
What makes up your online identity?
Anything on the web! Including the following:
According to many recent studies, a lot of people use the Internet to search for information on people they know. You have probably done this yourself! But, this means that people, including employers, may very well be looking for information about you.
A recent Forbes article reports that 36% of companies admit to using social media profiles to help them determine a candidate's personality. And The Wall Street Journal reports that a third of US companies use social media profiles at least some of the time during job searches.
Think about what people might find and how you might appear to them if they search for you online.
What can you do to manage your online identity?
Tips and Tricks
The following tips from Anthony Mayfield at Mashable can also help you manage your online identity
See more tips and tricks at Google's Manage Your Online Reputation portal.
Youth and Media Digital Dossier video
Facebook Manners and You
Manage your privacy and your online life
Social Network Aggregators
Monitor and Remove Information
Monitor Your Activity
See what's out there
Google yourself and try out services like the following:
Learn more about privacy, online identity management, and why it matters with these resources.
Pew Research Internet Project Reports and Studies