In a followup to the topic covered in last week’s podcast episode, which was revenge porn, a good online reputation is extremely important these days. Everything you say and do online can have an impact on your online reputation. Employers, friends, first dates, etc. are using the internet to find out more about you. Still not convinced? Well, here are some interesting facts why a good online reputation is important.
Online Reputation Stats
- 78% of job recruiters check search engines to find out more about potential employees.
- 63% of recruiters check social media sites to learn more about you.
- Do you have a personal website? 48% of the time these are checked when deciding whether or not to hire you.
- 8% of companies have fired someone for abusing social media.
These statistics prove that hiring managers base their decision upon your online reputation. The internet is becoming a useful tool for employers. The story of the Texas teenager who got fired for a tweet before starting her job is a perfect example.
24 hours before the teenager was to start her new job, she complained about it on Twitter. The Texas teenager tweeted, “Ew I start this f*** a*** job tomorrow.” The store owner saw her tweet and responded on Twitter. He replied, “No… you don’t start the FA job… I just fired you!” Not that this was exactly professional on the store owner’s part but employers do use social media.
Online Reputation Management Tips
We’ve come up with a list of tips for online reputation management. Of course, the easiest thing would be to throw away your computer and smart phone. Then, move to a remote island and live away from civilization. However, this is definitely not realistic. Here are real online reputation management tips.
Google your name often to see what comes up. As in the case of my friend’s wife, multiple sites containing revenge porn popped up when searching her name. This is not the first impression you would want to give to anyone. Make sure you write down any questionable search results.
Don’t post or publish anything questionable or stupid. This should be obvious and not even mentioned here. Unfortunately, people just post/publish anything and everything these days. If you’re young, it’s hard to think that what you post now will have an impact on your future online reputation. The best and most simplistic advice is definitely do not post or publish anything stupid.
Use secure passwords so it’ll be unlikely for anyone to login to your accounts and post horrible things. Another obvious and simple tip. It might be a hassle having different, complicated passwords, but the peace of mind should be the payoff. Hackers are gaining access to people’s accounts all the time but they aren’t the ones you should be most concerned with. Friends or ex-lovers can do a lot of damage to your online reputation. It would be easy for them to gain access to your accounts because of how well they know you. They could very well know the answers to your security questions too.
If you find something you don’t like, ask to have it removed. In order to protect your online reputation, get anything negative removed. Such as the case as my friend’s wife, she needs to begin the long process of having all the revenge porn photos of her removed. Even negative mentions on social media can have an impact on your online reputation. Perhaps a friend is mentioning your name on Facebook for joining him in illegal behavior. In order to protect your online reputation, things with a negative impact need to be removed.
The Internet Is Forever
In a moment of foolishness, you post something questionable on social media. Then, after some thinking, you decide to delete it. Everything is good now, right? Wrong! It seems like once something makes it onto the internet, it is there forever. Just ask Ethan Czahor.
Top Jeb Bush aide, Ethan Czahor, resigned because of questionable old tweets. When he was younger, he had made some tweets referring to women as sluts. Some of the tweets also referred to gay men. Although Ethan Czahor had deleted these old tweets, websites like Buzzfeed had captured screenshots. Supposedly, he was not fired but had to resign in light of these old tweets. Maybe Ethan Czahor should have followed our online reputation management tips.
Also In Episode 25
Kanye West decided to make his presence known at the 2015 Grammy Awards. Kanye West stormed the stage as the artist Beck won the Grammy for Album of the Year. During an after show party, Kanye said Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyonce. This isn’t the first time Kanye West made his presence felt at an awards show. Back in 2009, Kanye interrupted Taylor Swift after she had just won Music Video of the Year at the Video Music Awards. Again, Kanye West proclaimed that Beyonce should’ve won. Seems like Kanye has an obsession with Beyonce.
NBC Nightly News anchor, Brian Williams has been labeled a liar. Brian Williams claimed he was in a helicopter that was hit by enemy fire during the Iraq war in 2003. In actuality, he was in the helicopter behind the one that really got struck. NBC has suspended Brian Williams for 6 months without pay for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq war.
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