A day to go in Week two of 23 Things so a rather rushed approach.
Thing 3: Digital Footprint, reading includes:
It is important for you to think about how you manage your activity online in the context of your emerging professional identity (or identities) and what you need to do to manage an effective online presence and your digital footprint.
Which sums up the problem fairly nicely.
after the reading the task was to Google yourself. Go to Google.com, type in your name, and see what results come up.
The first thing to note is that I am redirected to google.co.uk
From as owning own my name pov this looks pretty good. The fly in the ointment is the location. The only John Johnston higher than me is a Glasgow photographer.
It turns out it is quite hard to get results from google without using your location (I googled it). So I gave up and turned to Duck Duck go.
No Glasgow photographer, no G+ and I am a bit further down the listing.
An image search finds me quite far down the results, with only my twitter icons on the first page.
I had a look on Facebook, where I have an seldom used account, I was not even on the page, even filtering for Glasgow.
Having a common name makes me harder to find, I am not sure if this is a good thing or not.
I’ve just returned to classroom teaching after a break of 8 years. This is a different world than the one I left. It is apparent from talking to the pupils that some of them have looked me up online. One has followed me on twitter. I don’t think anyone would find anything disturbing in my social streams, but some of the content might be a bit strange. I’ll need to live with that.
The other day in class we were talking about copyright and image use. This is hard for the age group I am dealing with (8-10 years). At one point I lead them to my FlickrCC Stampr page, which can be useful in attribution for pupils. The only trouble is that it was easiest to point them to the link on johnjohnston.info which doesn’t not look like a primary teachers site. Again I’ll need to live with that.
There are many John Johnstons that are a lot more interesting than me, this is my current favourite:
Liver Eating Johnson was a violent, drunk, mountain of a man who didn’t have a very high reputation but was by no doubt the most fearless fighter and he became a legend. Johnston was built like a brick wall with a towering height over six feet tall and weighing 280 pounds none of which was fat.
Skyler Gabel Cody 8th Grade quoted on from: John Liver Eating Johnston – Home
his name seems to be spelt with and without a t.
Featured Image a screenshot of google search results for johnjohnston, copyright, confused.