Identity Exposure: A Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

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I have met many bloggers who assumed they could use pseudonyms to avoid being tracked online. But that expectation proved unrealistic as we all leave digital footprints and can be easily tracked. Realistically, somebody’s software is always watching us and taking note of our activities for marketing purposes.

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7 Common Sense Social Networking Tips

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There are positives to social networking but there are negatives too. Always exercise common sense when it comes to which social media sites you are active on and what you post. Not connecting cautiously and posting appropriately can ruin your reputation, so if you want to be a successful blogger think before you act.  Continue reading “7 Common Sense Social Networking Tips”

Keeping your blogging cool

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Comments are very powerful and can be benefit your blog. Regardless of your niche or your intent when publishing a post sometimes discussions can give rise to unexpected controversy and it’s important to keep a safe environment for discussion on your blog. Knowing how to deal effectively with spammers,  annoying subscribers, negative comments and trolls comes with the territory of becoming a better blogger. Continue reading “Keeping your blogging cool”

“Me on the Web” for reputation management

Google has launched Me on the Web.  It’s  a reputation management tool allowing anyone with a Google account to monitor personal information about them appears online, and  makes it easier to remove personal information from the search engine. Your online identity is determined not only by what you post, but also by what others post about you — whether a mention in a blog post, … Continue reading “Me on the Web” for reputation management

California outlaws online impersonation

gavelOnline reputations on sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Google and the like are becoming just as important as offline reputations in terms of getting into university or employment. The internet has been a wild west, where reputations can be damaged with clicks of a mouse.  Well, this Saturday  online impersonation that seeks to harm becomes a crime in California. Continue reading “California outlaws online impersonation”

A comment policy for your blog

Creating a new blog can be an exciting and joy-filled process. Waiting for your first comments to appear can be charged with eager anticipation and emotionality.  It can also be a downer if you receive one or more troll comments.  Some bloggers fear that if they restrict commenters, they’ll lose readership. I  prefer to shun trolls and preserve a safe and comfortable environment for all … Continue reading A comment policy for your blog

Facebook Connections and Reputation Management

These days one can be either hired or fired based on what employers find on our Facebook pages and reputation management has become a focus for bloggers. The reality is that much of the web is designed, not so much to share information, as to sell it. It’s also a reality bloggers today, more than ever before, have many demands on their time and social media networking to create an authentic online presence can be a time drain. Continue reading Facebook Connections and Reputation Management

Handle Online Attacks Effectively

couple fighting A personal attack is committed when a person substitutes abusive remarks for evidence when attacking another person’s claim or claims. This line of “reasoning” is fallacious because the attack is directed at the person making the claim and not the claim itself.

If you’ve been  personally attacked online my advice is to consider failing to engage or delaying engagement.  If you must respond,  then do so calmly.  Take the time to  demonstrate there is no merit to statements made and others will think better of you for not losing your cool.

Hopefully you will never need have to deal with a serious attack  but if you do  and want to see it  removed, you need to contact whoever controls that content. Most often, this means that you need to contact the author and/or webmaster of the page and ask them to take down the content in question.

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Blogging: Online presence and authenticity

The way bloggers communicate and present themselves and their opinions online is important, but even more important than online presence is “to thine own self be true”. Authenticity is the character trait of being genuine, honest with oneself as well as others.  It’s more than that too. Authenticity is the degree to which one is true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character, despite the demands of society or one’s conditioning.

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