Students should be alert to a fast-growing trend that has serious implications. Various entities — employers, college and grad school admissions offices, clubs/organizations, to name a few — increasingly surf the internet including social media sites for information about you. Your potential candidacy may be adversely affected by what they find. Graduates looking for jobs or concerned parents are two groups who should be aware of the effects of online image.
I recently learned of a way to check out and manage, maybe even clean up, your online image — for a fee. It’s called Reputation Defender. I don’t know how effective it is, and I am not endorsing it at all, just bringing it up as yet another interesting aspect of the social media revolution. Its founders are targeting a niche trying to fill a need that may be growing in importance.
There may be other such services available. Does anyone have any experience here to share? I believe it’s an important subject that needs to be reinforced.