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?

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

Normal service will return in the Autumn

OK, I’ve been a bad blogger. It’s been an odd month or so, and may stay odd for some time. It’s been hard enough blogging more or less holding down a full-time-plus-any-other-waking-time-you-might-have-lying-around job. Not to mention my family and a new addiction to mountain biking. But most of all, I’m the final phase of finishing…… Continue reading Normal service will return in the Autumn

Reminder: you’re always (potentially) on the record online

It pays to be a little paranoid about emails, IMs and the likes sometimes – about not saying things in them you wouldn’t like repeated elsewhere. Especially when it comes to matters professional and commercial… When Adam Tinworth voiced his anger at the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and its attitude to social media in…… Continue reading Reminder: you’re always (potentially) on the record online

Love in the time of textual harassment

I met my wife when my internet access was restricted to a 36 kps modem at one computer in my office, next to the fax machine in the secretaries’ room. I bought my first mobile phone after we’d been together for about six months. It would be a year or two before text messaging started…… Continue reading Love in the time of textual harassment

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