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View the following slideshow presentation:
What is Your Digital Footprint

Watch the following video:
Your Digital Footprint: The what, why, and how of your everlasting digital breadcrumbs

  1. Listen to the following podcasts.
  2. Read the following articles:
  3. Watch the following videos:
Step 2

Step 3
  1. Read the following articles:
  2. Visit the website My Privacy Everyday. Take a look at the list of everyday online activities, just so you can begin seeing your "mediascape" a bit more clearly.

  3. Watch the following videos:
  4. Check out these monitoring tools:
    • Tweet Beep - If you love Twitter, you'll love TweetBeep! Keep track of conversations that mention you, your products, your company, anything, with hourly updates! You can even keep track of who's tweeting your website or blog, even if they use a shortened URL (like or Now, how cool is that?! Great for online reputation management, catching all your @replies and @mentions, finding job/networking opportunities, keeping up on your favorite hobby, and more!

    • Google Alerts - Be alerted when your name appears online.

Step 4

Here are some basics to get you started in discovering what your general footprint is on the internet.  Start your personal discovery and begin reflecting on the questions below. 

  1. Google Yourself - Start in the obvious way and just Google yourself by typing your name into Google’s search box in whatever way(s) someone doing a search about you might i.e. John Smith, teacher. Take a look at what you see.

  2. People Searches - There are several people searches.  Are you listed?  Here are some common ones to check:
  3. Reflect Upon Your Social Media Footprint
    • Facebook - If you don’t have a Facebook Account partner with someone who does so you can understand what this looks like.
      • Status Cloud - a service that lets you generate a cool looking cloud of the words you update about the most.
      • Museum of Me - Create and explore a visual archive of your social life.
      • Wolfram|Alpha Personal Analytics for Facebook - Wolfram|Alpha, the world's first and only computational knowledge engine, uses its expert-level knowledge and algorithms to answer questions, generate reports, and do analysis across thousands of domains. And the newest domain is your own life and social network, as seen through your Facebook!

    • Twitter - If you don’t have a Twitter Account partner with someone who does so you can understand what this looks like.
      • My Next Tweet - This page generates your future tweets based on the DNA of your existing messages

    • Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube
  4. Now that you have analyzed your own digital footprint, reflect on the following questions:
    • What are you proud of?
    • What are you surprised to see?  
    • Is there anything you are embarrassed about?
    • What might you want to change or do in the future to ensure your footprint accurately represents the picture you want to convey?

Step 5

On to the Evaluation page!