Think clusters, not websites

Adam Tinworth thinks that Google Authorship’s evolution could be another major step in Google stepping away from the website as the core unit of the web, towards the page and its author – with authorship and author reputation a core part of how search works. This is something my friend James Byford drummed into me.…… Continue reading Think clusters, not websites

Online reputation management for artists – notes and slides from talk at Brighton Digital Festival

These are the notes and my presentation slides that will kick things off at this evening’s discussion evening at the Fabrica gallery in Brighton. This is the first in a series of events called Brave New World – A New Arts Landscape. is part of the Brighton Digital Festival, which continues until September 24th. Obviously,…… Continue reading Online reputation management for artists – notes and slides from talk at Brighton Digital Festival

Are reputation scores corrosive?

Klout and PeerIndex (and probably others) are reputation scoring merchants. If you let them access your Twitter, Facebook and other social media profiles they will give a clutch of scores about how influential you are. On one level this just formalises one of the favourite games of social media early adopters. LinkedIn was a game…… Continue reading Are reputation scores corrosive?

For authors: Managing your reputation online: links & resources

I’m writing an article for the Writers & Artists Yearbook about how to manage online reputation. I’ve compiled some of the links I think are useful in a Storify story (below). Let me know if there’s anything you think I should add. Will credit suggestions in the updated Storify story and be linking to it…… Continue reading For authors: Managing your reputation online: links & resources

Educational stalking

Interesting to read of the English teacher who encourages their pupils to cyber-stalk strangers. It’s an excellent, practical lesson for them about just how much information people reveal about themselves online, often without considering the consequences. Clarence Fisher explains his lesson: Wanting to teach the kids in my class about concepts of digital footprint and…… Continue reading Educational stalking

My top ten pieces of advice for looking after your web shadow

A while ago I did a video for the Insititute of Chartered Accountants called “12 Golden Rules for Online Personal Reputation Management”. I really enjoyed it, and played with the idea for a bit, then decided to write a book about the subject. It’s called Web Shadows and will be finished any day now *…… Continue reading My top ten pieces of advice for looking after your web shadow

Let he who is without a web shadow cast the first stone

Image: Photoshopping Obama into Rasta colours might not be a plus point if you’re applying for a job at the White House… According to The Economist, applicants for jobs in the new Obama adminstration are undergoing rigorous background checks, including submitting “a history of their activities on the Internet, including copies of any emails which…… Continue reading Let he who is without a web shadow cast the first stone

Web shadows: Looking after ourselves online

    I’ve been reading and therefore thinking a fair bit about privacy and personal online reputation. It’s something I’ve touched on in the past and the posts Managing your online reputation will be a core life skill and Online overshare: the personal rep pitfalls have had a small but steady trickle of traffic ever since.  I tend…… Continue reading Web shadows: Looking after ourselves online

Butching out the credit crunch – with some help from social media

In terms of useful tips and advice, although I’m not a freelance journalist I found Fiona Cullinan’s post Freelancing in a Recession interesting on a couple of counts. First, she reflects a change in the demands of the market away from her sub-editing skills to a more diverse range of content creation and blog-related editorial. Second, it…… Continue reading Butching out the credit crunch – with some help from social media