Open authorship also means that you have to be more protective of your online reputation. As Matt Ivester writes in LOL...OMG
Your online reputation is often the first impression that you create. Before someone knows anything about you, you have a clean slate. Then he or she searches your name online and begins to form an impression of you ... Whatever the impression, any contradictory information received after the original impression is made comes under suspicion and must be proven - you must fight to refute the impression that has already begun to form in his or her mind. You're much better off giving a strong first impression if you can.I connect with some of my former students using both Facebook and LinkedIn. A couple of days ago I noticed a post on Facebook by one of these who is now at college. This one word post was hammered@khaosan. I couldn't help but wonder what damage this could be doing to his online reputation, especially as he must be in his last year of studies and so can't be far away from applying for jobs. This will obviously have a significant impact on the way that possible future employers will view him should they come across this post during a social background check. Matt Ivester points out in his book that 70% of recruiters admit to having rejected a candidate based on information that they have found online, citing concerns about lifestyle because of inappropriate comments and unsuitable photos or videos. Matt writes "The content that you put up online isn't likely to get you the job, but it very well may prevent it.
Matt recommends several levels of privacy for different social media tools such as Facebook and Google+, with a minimum of 3 different groups: family and friends, professional and acquaintances. This separates those you know and trust from those you don't know very well and from the people that you work with. Even with these different groups, it's important to understand that anything that is shared privately is only a couple of clicks away from being public. He writes "Sometimes in the digital age your only real choice is between sharing your content with everyone and sharing your content with no one."
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