Spring may not start for a little while, but I decided to get a head start on some spring cleaning. I really wanted to clean up my “Internet footprint” this year. As someone who is trying to enter the workforce, it is time I make sure my best face shows up on the Internet. Here are a few things I did.
1. I checked out my privacy settings on Facebook.
Facebook privacy settings are notoriously confusing and controversial. I found it difficult to navigate, but I made sure everything on my Facebook page was set to private. The only things I currently keep public are my work history and education background (things that employers would see already on my résumé).
In case you didn’t know, every single post on Facebook comes with a little marking that will tell you exactly who is able to see the post. You can also change your individual post to “public,” “friends only” “only me” or “custom.” If I make a post or picture public, it usually has to do with an event or conference I attended. (Again, things employers would see on my résumé anyway).
2. I took a blast to the past on Facebook
With Facebook Timeline, it is very easy for you to take a glance at all the things you did on Facebook since you opened your account. I can only speak for myself, but some of the things I talked about in 2008 are pretty embarrassing to look at today! Therefore, I went back and deleted a lot of posts, pictures and pages I “liked” that seem childish and immature to me now.
3. I Google myself
I Google myself often. I like to know what potential employers can see at any given moment when they Google my name. I once found a very old outdated social networking page from high school! Talk about blast from the past! I really don’t want potential employers to know what was on my mind when I was a 16-year-old band geek! Some people say it is narcissistic to Google yourself … I say it is smart!
It felt great to go through a spring cleaning of my Internet footprint….maybe next week I will have the courage to tackle my closet!