Over the past three weeks I have intentionally been expanding my Digital Dirt. An active and healthy digital footprint, like your sex life, can help you in many ways. First, it helps get the the “good” Dirt about you higher in search results. Second, it allows you to have some sense of control over the information that is out there on you. Active creation of your digital footprint is the only way you can actually “control” your Dirt, for your passive digital footprint the best you can do is manage it.
What I have done:
I started a Twitter account. In the past three weeks I have only Twitted (I think that is the/a verb) three times. I am struggling to fit Twitter into my daily online behavior. I am constantly on Facebook, my iGoogle page, LinkedIn, and various blogs (this one included), but I can’t seem to find time to obsessively Twit. Oh well… Maybe when I’m done with grad school and I have more free time.
A bigger step: I have registered two domain names: dannypetre.com and danielpetre.com. Since I am relatively remedial at building a website I have been consulting The Site Wizard for guidance. A very helpful site that walks you through step-by-step from selecting domain names, to selecting a web host, and finally the actual design of the site. I will keep everyone posted on when my site goes live. Hopefully within the next week. I used GoDaddy to register my domains and they have been very helpful, but their site usability is trash. I let them know that when they made their follow-up call this morning.
So, what should I include on my website? Recommendations are welcome!