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The above post exhibits the difference between web presence and digital footprint. Not trying to engage in a political debate, but it shows the power of our name as our identity and how it affects portrayal of all of those under that name on the web. I am lucky enough that there is another Nina Vizcarrondo that is very smart and talented as a Harvard graduate and a prominent filmmaker. But what if she were a criminal and that was the first thing a potential employer saw when searching my name? Web presence of your identity can easily be controlled by another source, other than your SMS or email. For example, an article including your name or even in a picture with someone that they posted and you didn't think was that important is included in your web presence.

One of the "Four Reasons to Care" was to protect your reputation. It is hard to protect your reputation when someone by your same identity might be a criminal. Your digital footprint has more of a commercial value (Internet Society) because it traces how we, individually, use the internet. A way to control our digital footprint is to have our own domain as Schawbel suggested. However, I disagree it HAS to be first and last name to maintain professionalism. That could be difficult for people with really long last names (like me) to have people miss a letter or even for people with common names whose domains might be taken already. I think domain creativity is tested and can bring out uniqueness in a business card. Schawbel talks about the importance of passion himself so why can't our domain reflect that? For example, my Twitter handle is @LaFoodist, a mix between Spanish and English reflects what I am passionate about. This is where I maintained communication with a lot of people in the food industry. So switching into the education field and using my Twitter for school posts have put my compartmentalization, separation of identities (Williams) to test. The article "Who is the virtual you" mainly talks about personal and professional identity management on SMS. However, it fails to mention the academic identity. A lot of people work and go to school for a different degree or field. How do you control privacy of school posts without affecting the current work or career field, as schools integrate SMS more and more in curriculums?

These courses have helped me think about my identity on SMS and to that effect, last semester I deactivated my Facebook account. Overthinking about the cons Williams mentioned of SMS enabling the possibility of identity theft, online stalking and abuse of personal info I thought this was the best choice at the moment.

The only viable option is simply not participate in social networking, although that approach will still leave data residing in organizational online databases available and vulnerable (Williams, Who is the virtual you)

I thought by deleted FB I had enough control over my information. Facebook categorizes us all politically and even categorizes us based on our location. According to FB (reactivated to test) I am an expat and very liberal. Using my location they categorize me as a frequent visitor to airports and universities. Thanks to the reading I was able to delete Tweeting with location. I get too paranoid for all this tracking. My friend showed me Snapchat has a map feature now where you can see nearby Snaps around you. That is just too much for me and I am thankful I deleted my Snapchat too. The following are approaches to what to post on your SMS that I found interesting and organized into a table:


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*Information retrieved from Seaman and Tinti-Kane report.

The approach from the above table I have mainly used in my posts is "content". I accept friend requests because since Sitka is so small, it is very awkward to run into people who friend requested you but you have yet to accept. For example, my previous landlord requested me and then she later became my supervisor for my Sitka School District job. Denying her request would have made for an awkward work environment.

I realize it's not all FB that has privacy risks. Even Google doc has security risks, according to Williams. It makes sense because when Googling images under my name, images I have put on Google docs are available separately. Even images I have on practice domains I have are available separately.

As we become educators online that integrate SMS into curriculums we will probably encounter moments where we don't know if to report a student post or moments where we question what we can post. Below is a graphic from Pearson Learning Solutions that highlight concerns of educators integrating SMS into their curriculums:

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However, there is no doubt about how SMS have improved communication with students, which can be difficult for distance courses.
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The third site I added to Raindrop talks about what you can and can't report on your students SMS posts. According to Abud Jr., you can only report a student post if it:

  • breaches school policy
  • leads to or creates substantial disruption to the educational process
  • results in bullying toward students or staff
  • threatens school violence

Last semester there was a student in my cohort that was very disrespectful towards the professor in their posts and I was wondering how the school handles that. The professor handled it very professionally, but I wondered if it was possible to drop the student for those actions. I think what is legal to do can be very dangerous for the school. For example, since the disrespectful posts were in the students own domain and the student were to sue and later delete his posts, how can it be proof of what he said? Digital footprint is easily controlled on one owns domain.

A good example on how to teach students the importance of web presence is to have a project in the beginning of the class where each student takes a role of an employer and is assigned another student in the class. By only using the Internet as a researching tool, the student has to decide if they will hire or not hire that classmate. That will get students to think of distinguishing their personal and professional online presence and the value of controlling one owns web information that one can.

Works Cited
Abu, G. (2018, Mar 19). Can schools discipline students for social media use outside of school? Education Week Teacher.
[Internet Society]. (2016, Jan 12). Four reasons to care about your digital footprint.  [Video File, 8:00].
Schawbel, D. (2011, Feb 21). Five reasons why your online presence will replace your resume in 10 years.
Seaman, J. & Tinti-Kane, H. (2014, May 3). Social media for teaching and learning. Pearson Learning Solutions: Boston, MA.
Sillier-Malaterre, A. & Rothbard, N. (2015, Mar 26). How to separate the personal and professional on social media. Harvard Business Review.
Williams, L. Y. (2012). Who is the 'virtual' you and do you know who's watching you? In Social Media for Academics (pp. 175-192).

One thought on “Web Presence”

  1. Your piece is very well-written and thoughtful; it also looks nice and is very nicely organized.

    It’s a shame we have to be so paranoid. It seems like with how advanced technology is, that we should be able to better control our own web presence. Personally, I am probably not paranoid enough. As I mention in my post, my life is an open book so I am very careful about my interactions. I am too social to go without Facebook, but I never post, share, tweet, retweet, or like political posts. I share about my life (school, dogs, and grandkids), my meals, and my business. The professionalism aspect is also a given, especially in a small town.

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