Video explaining copyright and fair useRules of Netiquette- take the quiz and see how much you know.So, what is that digital footprint everyone keeps talking about? Wikipedia defines the term:
In short, your digital footprint is your online data trail.
All of us, like it or not, are creating these trails. You might not be actively doing it, but as more and more information is being digitized and easily searchable, there is all kinds of information ABOUT YOU to be found online.
Will Richardson wrote an article titled Footprints in the Digital Age“:
As the geeky father of a 9-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter, one of my worst fears as they grow older is that they won’t be Googled well. Not that they won’t be able to use Google well, mind you, but that when a certain someone (read: admissions officer, employer, potential mate) enters “Tess Richardson” into the search line of the browser, what comes up will be less than impressive. That a quick surf through the top five hits will fail to astound with examples of her creativity, collaborative skills, and change-the-world work. Or, even worse, that no links about her will come up at all. I mean, what might “Your search did not match any documents” imply?“Protecting” your digital footprint is becoming increasingly important as it is becoming common practice for ANYONE to google you or produce content ABOUT you.