Digital Footprint

Alexis Amparan

What is a Digital Footprint and why is it important?

A digital footprint is used to describe the trail, traces or "footprints" that people leave online. A digital footprint is important because it is the traces of information you post about yourself on the internet. It shows hows you represent yourself as a person the internet. Jobs and colleges review your digital footprint.

What does your Digital Footprint consist of? What tools do you use and for what purpose? rovide at least 3 examples. For each example, answer the following: How does that example impact your Digital Footprint? What is it saying about you?

My digital footprint consists of my Twitter, Instagram, PHHHOTO, LinkedIn, and Blogger. My Twitter is for friends and family. I base my Twitter off positive and funny tweets/retweets. I make sure not to post tweets that could land me in trouble. I broadcast myself as an uplifting and caring person. My Instagram and PHHHOTO iis for friends and family. I post pictures that inspire my creative side. I post pictures of myself, me and my friends, and my adventures. It shows that I am a person who lives for adventures and loves creativity. My LinkedIn is for school purposes. I give basic information about myself and my education. LinkedIn allows me to search careers and connect with people of my same interest. It shows that I am interested in connecting with people who share my same interest and that I am eager to learn their profession. My blogger is for school purposes for my school assignments. My blogger was for my digital literacy 20% project and my psychology class homework assignments. It tells that I keep track of my school work and want to make sure I have my work listed and organized.

What impact does/can your footprint have on your future?

The impact my digital footprint has on my future is that people viewing my digital photoprint will see my interests. They will view that I am interested in fashion and culture. I love to travel and I am a hard worker. People can see that I am an uplifting and easy going person. By avoiding posting material that is inappropriate, I saved myself from the trouble when a job or college reviews my digital footprint. I believe it is important to not allow too much personal information on the social media because it shows you waste time putting your life for everyone to know which can leave a negative impact. My digital footprint I feel will not affect my future in a negative way because I make sure to think before I post something online.

    1. What’s helpful and why? On a digital footprint, it is helpful to post positive and appropriate material on your social media. I post uplifting and funny things on my social media. I make sure to put my interests very clear so if someone who can help me reach my goals stumbles across my social media they will be interested in me. It’s helpful to make yourself sound appealing and a hard worker. Be careful always what you post on social media because it will stay online forever. Key tips are to be cautious and present yourself in a good manner.

    2. What’s harmful and why? On a digital footprint, it is harmful to post negative and inappropriate material on your social media. Posting illegal substances or alcohol online could land you in trouble with the law. Colleges will not take you seriously to represent their school. Colleges want to see you are a hard worker and a good candidate to represent their school. Posting a rude comment about your boss or someone in direct in general is harmful. When a job goes to hire you, they want to see you are kind and have good sportsmanship. You can lose a job from the information you share online. Conflicts on social media could show you are involved in drama, make sure to avoid making your profile portray you as a negative figure.

What can you do to continue to improve your online identity (be specific and list at least 2 examples)?

To improve your online identity, it would be a good idea to clean up your social medias. Take out anything you feel that will not represent you in a positive manner. If you were involved in a Twitter feud for example, delete all your tweets to the person. Delete any material that doesn’t suit you as an uplifting person. Another thing you can do to improve your online identity is to post good material. For example, on Twitter if you post a positive uplifting tweet it will show you are compassionate and care to help others feel uplifted. Small things like embracing positivity and hard work can do a lot to benefit your online identity.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this semester about maintaining a positive digital footprint?

The most important thing that I have learned this semester to maintain a positive Digital Footprint is to basically avoid posting something you know will get you in trouble. This semester taught me to think before I post something online. I always take precaution now because I don’t want to have a negative identity for my digital footprint. It is important to want to be viewed as a hard working positive person on and offline.