I am reading about digital footprints; using my name in google, pipl,etc; and searching for a Creative Commons picture to add to my blog, and I really just want to enjoy going outside without gloves and a hat, which I haven’t done since October. In all honesty, I spent about 20 minutes investigating my name and then I spent another ten using PhotoPin to find a picture that represents my current mood; Jeff says I need to start adding pictures to my blog. I am honestly not excited about this because I think my blogs are still just for me. Why? Because I still feel that I have very little to give in this tech integration realm. Anyway, back to topic… My digital footprint certainly exists and it has for many years now. When I was in my 20s I worked in Los Angeles in the costume department of a production company. My name has come up since then. Yep, I worked on a film that would become a cult fetish: From Dusk Till Dawn. Yes, George Clooney is handsome and he is also really sweet! Back to topic again: What I recently found attached to my name in cyber space was a document that says I adopted a baby girl, which is true and which I find very creepy… That seems like extremely private information. I don’t care that it’s public, but what if I did care? Also, I found the actual address of the home that I own in Boise and with it my age was posted: 42. Some ex boyfriend could also find that address: that is dangerous. Not that any of my past boyfriends are out to get me, but what if I had been with some obsessive guy. There really is absolutely zero privacy left in the world. I created a Face Book page as an adult a few years ago before China blocked Face Book, so I have not posted unflattering pictures, but I have an acquaintance who posts terrible pictures of the people whom she knows. I think she feels better about herself as she posts unflattering pictures of her attractive friends; and, she is an adult. I completely agree that teachers and schools need to teach children about digital footprints and how to create a flattering DF. Bill Ferriter mentions that not having a digital footprint is a concern too. I’ve added his blog to my reader as he has a couple of videos about Creative Commons and he seems very up on tech integration. http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/the_tempered_radical/ I feel comfortable with the digital information that is found with my name including a project I worked on while in graduate school called SF ROCKS. I suppose though that I feel like this picture below because I am surrounded by code and I have very little control over writing that code. I know that Jeff wants my COETAIL blog to become part of what is found when my name is searched. So far, I have not found my blog when I search my name. I wonder how long that will take… Okay, so I read this week’s articles and I’ve attached a picture and
I now know that the world knows that I’ve adopted a baby girl. She’s amazing too and I’m happy to talk about the process. Now I’m going outside!