My first Coetail post outlined my great enthusiasm for technology and my great disdain for “connectedness” and social media. I had over the years engaged in a determined effort to avoid any online presence. Whilst some people google their name to see what comes up about them I would google my name to double check that nothing about me could be found. However, two coetailers have recently spurred me to change my direction. The first coetailer (whom I cannot remember) wrote a blog focused on the Course 2, Week 1 content regarding digital privacy and digital footprints. When considering what his children’s online footprint might one day look like he queried wether it would be worse to have an online profile with some negative elements or to have no online profile at all. The second coetailer Ben Sheridan tweeted a link to collusion for googlewhich I downloaded and installed.
After doing so I realised that even my seemingly proactive steps to reamain anonynmous and without a digital presence were to little avail. I also began to consider my own future and what a potential employer might think when they google me and I am nowhere to be found. Will my future job applications be automatically disregarded like those people on dating sites who don’t post a photo?
So I have decided to conceed. Instead of hiding my online presence I will let it grow. Already I have updated my facebook page (for the first time in five years). I have tweeted, I have joined pinetrest, google + and even my most loathed site, LinkedIn. Furthermore, I have an actual photo of me in all of my profile pictures and I have linked all my previously isolated email accounts and subscriptions into one account. I have even used my real name in all the sites that I belong to.
So I am now at the mercy of the web but I am still only connected in body rather than spirit. It is my intention to let my online profile grow rather than aggressively self-promote the online me. I won’t be tweeting my stream of consciousness throughout the day and I am still yet to click on any like or share buttons. I’ll see how it goes.
Not all images could be attributed as compfight kept crashing. I will try to rectify this later.