Internet Tips: Safeguard Your Reputation While Socially Networking
Your Online Demeanor
First, consider your online image: Does your blog, MySpace, or Facebook page delve into areas that you may not want to have to explain later on? (Sex-, drug-, and booze-related topics, for example, could come back to haunt their authors.) Does your personal e-mail address contain unprofessional or suggestive terms? Thanks to Google's cache and the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine (see Figure 1
Profiles on sites like MySpace, Facebook, and even Friendster probably won't show up in a search engine query, but they will appear when members of those services track you down. So expect current and future employers, paramours, and other gumshoes to be determined enough to find your online contributions. Remove potentially embarrassing photos and posts to make your wild years less likely to come back and haunt you.