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Goodbye Eugene, Hello Portland

I have found an internship and an apartment in Portland.  I have scheduled my last few classes.  I just realized that these next 10 days will be my last at the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.

I have been here for so long now that it is a very bittersweet transition.  I have made lasting relationships and many memories here.  I will be sad to leave it all behind.  However, I have a bright and interesting future to look forward to.  A new chapter.

Fortunately, I can stay connected through social media.  It is great that I will be able to maintain relationships with all of the great people I have met here.  Also, I have started networking in Portland and have established some contacts and potential pals.

Facebook and Twitter will surely help me in my transition from Eugene to Portland.  I will also keep blogging about my experiences with my last few classes and my internship in the city.  I am really excited.

How did you know I like DnB music and Persian food?

January 23, 2010 1 comment

Nowadays, anyone who is interested in finding out more about you can easily “google” you.  You may be surprised at what they find.

The first day of my strategic communications class (a fancy word for social media), my instructor had put together a power point presentation with a slide on each student in the class.  The slides contained information she gathered from the internet through various social networking sites.

When she got to my slide, it said that I like DnB music and Persian food.  At first I had NO IDEA how she possibly could have found out that information.  It turns out she had somehow found some comments from years ago that were on my MySpace page!

I made the natural migration from MySpace to Facebook along with everyone else and I pretty much stopped maintaining my MySpace account.  After class I looked myself up to see what dirt I could find on myself.  Let’s just say that I wasn’t presenting myself how I would like to be seen.

Here are a few suggestions for maintaining your personal brand:

  • Use appropriate default photos that reflect you positively
  • Set privacy settings for accounts you prefer others outside your network to see
  • “Google” yourself every now and then to see what others find when they look you up

Remember that you are in control of your online image.  If you have friends who have posted pictures or information that does not support the image you are trying to maintain, ask them to remove them.

Finally, it is better to have some information about yourself online than none at all.  Happy branding!

Here is an interesting video of Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library discussing social media and branding.  (Warning: Video contains some colorful language.)