Digital Footprint — September 20, 2015

Digital Footprint

digitalworldYour digital footprint is the path you weave whenever you interact online. It is inevitable to avoid leaving a footprint, however,  in most cases you are in control of what information you share.  Becoming educated on what a digital footprint is will be very important.  This is something that I already teach to my students since we use blogs, Diigo, and other networking sites.  However, I feel that many adults should pay closer attention to their digital footprint.  The Internet Society provides some good insight into digital footprints and the ways we can leave them.  It is interesting to realize that you are contributing to your footprint more than you think.  It is not just when you post or comment, but also when you visit various sites, make purchases and more.  I have found that it is important to remember that digitally, your personal and professional lives can weave together.  Something that is posted on a “personal account” can still be found when someone is searching for your professional information.

In contrast, your digital footprint can be a positive thing!  It can help you advance professionally and help you network.  You can share resources you have created or your annotations on a resource.  This can be viewed as an example of your work and help connect you to others in your profession.

Keeping a professional mindset and thinking before your post/comment/share/favorite/etc. will help you maintain a positive digital footprint.

Danielle Leone is a fairly popular name, so searching for digital footprint proved difficult.  On the first page of results, the only link that leads to me is of the St. John Fisher College Softball Roster.  This site contains an image of me, my hometown, high school, and softball statistics.  As I went through the next couple of pages I found a YouTube video done by MHS TV News, on my first season as head softball coach.  I also found a link to my Pinterest Page.  The amount of “Danielle Leone’s” found online made it hard to find information that was specific to me.  It made me wonder that if someone was searching for me, could they stumble upon someone else and confuse their information, opinions, etc. as my own?

About 10 pages in I found a site titled Twicsy.com.  This site contains your twitter pictures.   My old Twitter account was private, yet all of my pictures can be seen on this site.

I decided to search more specifically for “Danielle Leone CT” which yielded more specific results.  Much of my digital footprint is made up of softball stories from college.  I also came across my name in Ellington Public School database, as well as, my Boise State Ed Tech blog.

Searching for my digital footprint was interesting!  It gave me a chance to see what someone might find when searching for me.  I was happy to see that all of the information online was positive and I had monitored my digital footprint fairly well!  One thing I did note, is that I have not made my professional presence known in the digital world.  This course has opened my eyes to the impact social media can have on sharing resources and participating in professional development.  I hope to use this course to improve my digital footprint by adding more professional information, resources, experiences, feedback and more.