In order to do so, just like in the real world, every "digital"citizen must be aware of his/her surroundings and actions.
One of the reminders that I greatly appreciated was the one on Googling one's name/oneself. I first came to realize that I actually could be Googled back in 2011 when I was taking my first EDTECH course. As I created an HTML page and uploaded it via Dreamweaver, in order to locate it online, I had to Google my name. At that time, nothing much came out; however, it was an eye opening discovery. Ever since then, I periodically Google my name to make sure the findings are still only those that reflect my educational and professional activities. So far so good!
I also appreciated the suggestions by Taub (2012) to create a website using one's own name as the domain name and then link all the existing profiles and accounts together.
Another great point was made by Lowenthal and Dunlap (2012), i.e., sharing one's educational and professional interests, projects, and achievements is essential in the 21 century. I have many past and present colleagues/classmates who have already completed or are working toward their Master's or even Ph.D. degrees, and it is amazing to see that Googling their names results in absolutely nothing! There is no doubt that they have written numerous papers, completed numerous projects, and presented at numerous conferences. It's a pity that none of their work can be accessed or shared online.
Last but not least, this assignment helped me reinforce what I should and should not do.Among the key strategies are: 1) be even more mindful of how every minute is spent online; time management skill is more vital as ever before as we try to "drink from a firehose" (as my classmate Dave Mulder put it in his FB post on Twitter use), 2)become an active producer (rather than a consumer) of the digital content (Taub, 2012), and, finally, 3) exercise patience yet consistency! That is, add to the ongoing online conversation regularly. This part might be the most challenging one, though, as, again, it is so easy to remain a passive consumer. The key, however, is to break that habit and start thinking and acting differently, and the following presentation is my first step in the right direction.
Lowenthal, P. and Dunlap, J. (2012). Intentional Web Presence: 10 SEO Strategies Every Academic Needs to Know. Educause Review Online. Retrieved from: http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/intentional-web-presence-10-seo-strategies-every-academic-needs-know
Taub, A. (2012). 5 Key Things Needed To Improve Your Digital Identity. Forbes. Retrieved from: http://www.forbes.com/sites/alextaub/2012/06/07/5-key-things-needed-to-improve-your-digital-identity/