In class it was asked if you have googled yourself. I was honestly surprised at the lack of hands in the air, and mildly ashamed that mine was one of them. But ya know? I realized I don’t really care. I google myself. I google myself – probably more often that what is really needed. Yet, having left the college world somewhat behind, after an epic four years of stereotypical sorority girl-ness, I find that it’s necessary to see what is out there when I type my name into that search engine.
I can happily say that nothing of real relevance pops up – or at least nothing that would pose as a threat to me, as a person professionally and otherwise. A lot of photos come up, such as these:
As you can see – nothing too harmful. Other than photos, links to my LinkedIn and Twitter accounts are available – things that I want my future employers or clients to have access to. Also, you can see the work that I did while traveling abroad with Imagewest to Malaysia as an intern – in fact, shameless plug, go check it out!
I have done, what I feel, as a decent job of keeping track of my online reputation. My Facebook is completely private, and I have been told that I am not even searchable. My Twitter was once a place that I ranted and raved and let the F-bombs fly and so that was also private – now I am realizing that it needed to be public in order to brand myself and communicate with others in the industry. So I am keeping my sailor-esqu mouth filtered and rebranding my twitter as something that I do not mind professional peers seeing.
So yes, I google myself. Before I was doing it to make sure none of my shenanigans were being leaked, but now after reading a few great articles on Mashable.com, I think that it’s time that I start diving more into this concept and seeing how I can play these google searches into a think that benefits me and my brand as a professional.
Oh, and as a side note: my twitter handle is @samanthahughey – this is NOT to be confused with the twitter handle that also pops up under my name which is a fangirl all over the Biebs. Though, if you are interested you can follow her too (@smhlovejdb)!