I just realized that not everyone has an online presence. For example, if you google me by either by my full name, or one of my online handles you will get bunch of hits. First of them are usually this website, from which you can find links to all other kinds of stuff related to me. Users of myspace and facebook can also fine me with relative ease. I’m also on twitter, flickr and etc…
I’m a fairly private person, and I never really post about my private life on any website or social network. Sometimes I do rant about clueless users, or annoying people I know – these are the kinds of things I don’t mind sharing. But even then I usually avoid using real names, specific locations and etc..
But I do have an online presence, and if someone wanted to know what I’m up to, they could easily find this website, check out my pictures on myspace, flicker and facebook, and follow me on twitter. In fact I had some people I lost touch with long time ago will sometimes randomly find me on one of these networks and send me a note. Which is really nice. The one good thing about all these social networks is that you can find people this way and reconnect with them.
Sometimes I forget that not everyone has this kind of online presence. If you can’t be googled, you are not on myspace or facebook and you don’t participate in any other social networks, you are essentially dead to the world. This might be a good thing if you are in a witness protection program of some sort. But having some sort of minimal presence out there really pays off in the end.
I’m not saying everyone should divulge their deepest secrets in their blog or journal. I’m just saying that having your name indexed by google, and pointing to a valid site with your contact info is usually a good thing.
Of course posting to much of your shit online might not be good either – seeing how recruiters now do research on potential candidates online. If your facebook page has 600+ pictures of your drunker debaucheries it will probably count against you. But if on the other hand it includes a link to your different projects it might actually work in your benefit.
I think I lost my train of thought here. I’m not sure anymore what point I was trying to make here. I guess it is this: a positive online presence is a good thing – the benefits outweigh the potential risks, and apparent loss of privacy.
Thoughts? What do you think are the pros and cons of having some sort of online presence, versus completely flying below the radar?
[tags]social networks, myspace, facebook, online presence, google[/tags]