Google Footprint

March 6, 2009 at 5:10 am 3 comments

Ever since Al Gore and his  Inconvenient Truth, there has been a steady increase in talk about one’s carbon footprint.  It’s something to think about.  But the other footprint that I think is as important is your Google footprint.

What does a Google search say about you?  Yes, yes, we all secretly have googled ourselves to see what comes up.  No denying it anymore! But have you done it lately? With more and more information being digitized, there is more and more information that is winding up in the public domain for your boss, prospective boss (are you looking for a job?), your parents, your significant other, etc.

If you are someone who is consciously crafting your personal brand, Google yourself on a periodic basis and see what shows up.  If you are looking for a job right now and you were the hiring manager, how would you react to what you found out?  It would be fantastic if things like your LinkedIn, Ecademy, or Plaxo profiles were high on the list. But what something else showed up that you really wish no one knew about? I am sure Michael Phelps wishes there hadn’t been a camera around that day he wais taking a bong hit as it cost him at least one endorsement and a 3 month competitive swimming ban.

When you are considering your personal brand, give yourself a Google and see what turns up. If you don’t believe me, read some of the stories that Seth has heard.

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