- Why do you think were there so many or so few hits about you?
There were many hits about me. I think this is due to having a fairly uncommon name, and to myself having an online identity since the age of 10; 13 years ago. The fact that I had forgotten this blog existed is proof of that!
- Would you prefer to have more or less hits, and why?
I think I would prefer to have less hits – as a fair few of my hits are from my teenage years, some of which are highly embarrassing.
- What might the benefits of having lots of hits on Google be in the future?
If I were to control my digital identity, a lot of (useful) Google hits could give me an edge when looking for a job or, depending on how my career progresses – being headhunted.
- What potential downsides are there to having many hits on Google?
It depends on the content being displayed, but having many frivolous or embarrassing posts – or those where opinions that I wouldn’t necessarily share with the world – can be easily found, then people looking for me could get a terrible first impression.
- Explain why your Google-presence may help or hinder you getting a job after your degree.
I believe I already have!
- What information is available on this public profile? Are there photos visible? Are your interests visible?
Very little – my interests, profile photo and that is about it.
- What makes you uncomfortable about the visibility of this information, and why?
It could be used by anyone who wanted to find out information about me to target me specifically – however, at the current time I find this somewhat unlikely.
- Explain why you would be happy/unhappy for a potential employer to see this page.
I wouldn’t be massively bothered by an employer seeing this – nothing on there is particularly harmful.
- How many “Inappropriate Content” alerts did you receive?
- Why do you think Reppler flagged this content as “inappropriate”?
The use of alcohol and swearing.
- How would you explain this content to a potential employer at interview?
I would explain that in the context of my friends and my life at that moment in time it was justified. I would also let them know that I would be managing my online identity better in future.
- How many privacy and security risk alerts did you receive?
- Explain why they are privacy or security risks. How might someone nefarious use this information to harm or inconvenience you?
It is a piece of data that could be used as a common security question.
The Faces of Facebook:
- What face number are you? (use the map marker button to locate yourself)
- Describe the impact of a billion people’s public profile photos.
It’s very interesting to see that many people in one place. Unique.
- What is your opinion of this app, and why?
It makes me feel very small, and insignificant – at the same time I know that anyone can see me. It’s unsettling, yet interesting.