The term “digital footprint” is misleading. A footprint in the sand can be washed away by the waves. It isn’t that simple in the digital world. A newer term, “digital tattoo” is more apt because a tattoo cannot be easily and completely removed without leaving signs it was once there.
While you cannot control what other say about you on the Internet, you can control how you represent yourself. I use several social networks, and all of them are geared towards a slightly different audience. I am highly aware that no matter what my privacy settings are, and that as soon as I put anything on the Internet, I am no longer in control of how it will be used, copied, and distributed. There is no magical erase once something is posted. It’s there forever.
The following are my personal guidelines for usiing Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, and Facebook
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