What's Your Digital Footprint?

Discover Your Online Identity

What is a Digital Footprint?

On the Internet a digital footprint is the word used to describe the trail, traces or "footprints" that people leave online. This is information transmitted online, such as forum registration, e-mails and attachments, uploading videos or digital images and any other form of transmission of information — all of which leaves traces of personal information about yourself available to others online.

-Source: Webopedia

(Free online dictionary for words, phrases and abbreviations that are related to computer and Internet technology.)

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Remember: What You Do online is Permanent.

Common Sense Media: Digital Footprint Intro

Social media lets the world hear your voice in conversations that matter to you

When you interact online you leave a digital trail. Be deliberate in what you share and think how it would appear to potential colleges, employers, friends, and family. Show your best side and share what you care about with the world.
  • Comment on articles and blog covering topics important to you
  • Share thoughts on the Facebook pages of your favorite shows and causes
  • Tweet insights during news events
  • Join Twitter chats about topics you care about
  • Engage in Twitter backchannel conversations to make meaning of lectures
  • Comment on the videos that inspire and teach you

Stand Behind Your Words

While you may choose to use a pseudonym for that which you don't want to become a part of your footprint, you are still responsible for your voices. Be careful.

THINK...before you post!

Remember even if you don't use your real name, you are still legally responsible for your actions and the same consequences exist.

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Social Media Trends in College Admissions

According to ivywise and recent studies by Kaplan, 40% of college admissions officers visit applicants’ social media profiles to learn more about them. But is it all bad? Not necessarily. Most of the time, admissions officers are visiting profiles at the invitation of the applicant to learn more about talents, activities, or other interesting tidbits that add depth or additional context to the students’ applications. In fact, 37% of those surveyed said they’ve found something online that positively impacted a student’s application.

That doesn’t mean that social media can’t hurt an applicant. That same Kaplan survey found that 37% of admission officers have found things online that could negatively affect an applicant – mostly illegal activity like underage drinking, other criminal offenses, or inappropriate posts or behavior.

Think before you POST!! Your digital footprint is PUBLIC and PERMANENT!

if you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see it, don’t post it!