learned last week our Shadow Footprint is content someone else
publishes about us online, on websites and social networking sites in
the form of text, video, audio and pictures. We also learned our
Digital Footprint is content we publish online about ourselves.
We have complete control over our Digital Footprint, as we are in control of our own actions and behaviors. We can choose
to be Digital Leaders and good Cybercitizens.
However, when it comes
to our Shadow Footprint, we have no control over the actions and
behaviors of others and what they post about us online.
our Social Web, we need to be concerned about protecting our online
image and reputation as it has become more important than any
hard-copy document we publish about ourselves or our business. The
power of Social Sharing on the Internet means hundreds, thousands,
literally millions of people can be reached in a very short period of
Social Creeping has become significant! Many businesses, organizations
and institutions will socially creep you before interviewing you for
a job, accepting your entrance in to post-secondary education, partnering with you on a project, accepting you as a client, placing their business with your company, confirming your position on an elite sports team or allowing you to
join their professional organization.
will creep your profiles to get a sense of your attitude, behaviors
and personality which they determine by your online activity which
includes your online posts, conversations and interactions with
others, Facebook likes, Tweets and re-tweets, YouTube channel
subscriptions, blog posts, news articles you are mentioned in, etc.
They will also creep and search for content that others post about
have many colleagues that work with Human Resource Departments and
Recruiting & Admission Departments on How to use the Internet to
Socially Creep and Recruit Top Talent and discern against potentially
toxic individuals that can harm Effective Team Management and
to say, we are living in the Digital Age and it is crucial for us to
protect our Digital and Shadow Footprints ... but how do we do this?
Digital Footprint is easy as it's within our control to manage. All
we need to do is become a Digital Leader. We need to learn about
Internet & Social Media Etiquette, we need to learn about what is
appropriate and inappropriate behavior and content, we need to learn
what content positively and negatively impacts our online image and
reputation. We need to understand what content positively influences
employers and recruiters, and what content turns them off. We need
to understand the laws around Internet Defamation and publishing a
Libel. I will share more on this very topic in a future blog post,
in the meantime, you may be interested in reading: Complain About Others Online Much?
so we now know what we need to do to protect our Digital Footprint,
but what of our Shadow Footprint … how do we protect it?
very first thing you need to do is create an Online Listening Station
so you can monitor name mentions of yourself, your brand, your
company, your innovations, your product and services. Your Online
Listening Station is like setting up a powerful set of digital ears
to monitor the different conversations that may be taking place about
you or your organization across the social web.
setting up filtering, aggregating and alert technology services you
can gain access to real-time conversations about:
people think about you, your business, your products & services
against your company and your brand
comments made by competition and customers
made by strategic partners, employees, suppliers
information about you and your organization
information and statements that are meant to harm your image and
posts, compliments and flattery towards you and your business
goal is to stay tuned-in to what is being said about you and your
business across the social web so you monitor your Shadow Footprint, allowing you to be in a position to properly deal with both positive and negative information
that is out their on the web for everyone to see.
Your goal is to create a Dashboard where you can manage the different
conversations in pretty much the same place, that gets delivered to
your email inbox or through text alerts. Your Dashboard should
A social media dashboard that manages and measures your social
A news aggregator application for various Web browsers and mobile
devices running iOS and Android, also available as a cloud-based
service. It compiles news feeds from a variety of online sources for
the user to customize and share with others.
Google Alerts: Google Alerts allows you set-up custom searches for any
phrase and receive email or RSS alerts any time your phrase shows up
in online media, blogs, web pages, social media sites and news.
Twitter Search: The basic twitter search allows you to set-up searches on your name, company name,
brands, competitors, etc. so you can monitor your business and
reputation, plus know when people are replying to your tweets.
Advanced search allows for real data mining that's very beneficial
in protecting your Shadow Footprint
Tweet Beep: TweetBeep is like Google Alerts for Twitter. Great for online
reputation management, catching all your @replies and @mentions,
finding job/networking opportunities, keeping up on your favorite
hobby, and more!
Social Mention: Social Mention is a social media search and analysis
platform that aggregates user generated content from across the
universe into a single stream of information. It allows you to
easily track and measure what people are saying about you, your
company, a new product, or any topic across the web's social media
landscape in real-time.
Pipl: Pipl is the most comprehensive people search on the web. Pipl dives into
the deep web to bring you results you won't find in any other search
engine then we use a powerful identity resolution engine to
link those seemingly disparate results into a set of meaningful
profiles so you can easily find the person you are looking for.
123 People: 123people.com is a free real time people search tool that
looks into nearly every corner of the web. Using proprietary search
algorithm, you can find comprehensive and centralized person related
information consisting of public records, phone numbers, addresses,
images, videos and email addresses.
you have your listening station in place, you need to educate
yourself on Libel and Internet Defamation legislation in Canada, as well as Online Harrassment and Abuse.
Given some pretty high-profile cases in 2012 and 2013, new
legislation is being developed to hold people accountable for
Internet Defamation, Online harassment and Abuse. Become
familiar with federal and provincial legislation. Know Your Rights!
someone is harming your Shadow Footprint and it is most definitely a
criminal offense, there are 6 steps for you to consider in dealing
with the matter:
GET PROOF & EVIDENCE: Use computer and smartphone monitoring
software that has the ability to capture online conversations and
take pictures of the computer screen, or use screen capture software
such as SnagIt or Jing.
FILE A COMPLAINT REPORT: Social Networks have the
ability for you to report the person and their comments. For Facebook, visit: https://www.facebook.com/help/420576171311103/ Other social media sites have similar capabilities - search their
help section or do a Google search to learn how to report.
(3) APPROACH THE PERSON: Call, write or message the person saying they are committing a cyber crime and to immediately remove all posts and refrain from doing it in the future, otherwise you will report them to the police for Internet Defamation, Online Harassment and Abuse.
(4) TELL THEIR EMPLOYER: If the person is an employee acting on behalf of a company, file a complaint with their employer, advising their employee has committed a cyber crime. Send the evidence, ask for the content to be removed immediately. Inform them if the content is not taken down, or if anything else appears you will file a report with the police for Cyber Crimes, particularly if it is the act of harassment and cyber bullying.
APPROACH OTHER PEOPLE: If the posts appear on someone else's
wall or on a picture that was posted, send a message to that person
asking for the negative posts to be removed. Advise them a cyber
crime was committed and they have a responsibility to protect others
online and to shut down the online harassment and abuse if it's
happening on their account even if it's someone else that is
REPORT, LAY CHARGES, FILE HARRASSMENT & ABUSE CASE: If the cyber
crime continues, report the person to the police. If all else fails
and the damage warrants the legal cost, file a libel, internet
defamation, harassment and abuse affidavit. I strongly suggest
working with a lawyer that specializes in Internet Defamation, Harrassment and
last point: We as adults need to set the tone and behavior of
appropriate online conduct. We are the role models so we must
demonstrate being a good digital leader, cyber friend and using the
internet and social media for good. This means we must refrain from
online complaining against others, including brands, companies and
Nancy Beth is an Entrepreneur & Small Business Owner, Founder of Sweet Spot Marketing Canada and a Motivational Speaker for Women & Girl Leadership.
As an Internet and Digital Marketing veteran, Nancy Beth has vast experience in Internet Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Online Safety and Protecting Your Digital Footprint. Since 2010, Nancy Beth has been highly sought after to share her message on being a Digital Leader, using the Internet & Social Media for good, and how to safely navigate the Social Web.
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