The Facebook

Do you remember when “Facebook” was called “The Facebook?” I do, and it wasn’t THAT long ago. After reading one of this week’s articles titled: Digitally Speaking // Positive Digital Footprints, I was reminded of an article that I read in Penn State‘s Daily Collegian newspaper (and it was a physical newspaper!) when I was a senior in college. The article was titled: PSU Facebook creates stalker-like half-friendships. At the time, The Facebook was new and trendy, and it was only available to 167 colleges in America and Canada. I actually remember reading this article and feeling pretty cool because MY school was one of the schools using The Facebook.

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And (almost) exactly 10 years after reading that article, I am writing a blog post related to it, and yes, I am still using (The) Facebook. And Facebook is just one small piece of my digital footprint. Just this week, I actually looked back at some of my very first Facebook posts. How times have changed!

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As an international educator, I think it’s important to have a digital footprint. Those with larger digital footprints are more connected and I would imagine that they have a much easier time finding a desirable job. Your digital footprint could also be used against you if it’s not positive, so for that reason, it is even more important to be mindful of what you are posting out there for everyone to read/see.

According to the article, How Recruiters Use Social Networks to Screen Candidates, it’s obvious that your digital footprint has a huge impact, for better or for worse, on obtaining a new job.

91% of employers are using social networking sites to screen prospective employees.

69% of employers have rejected candidates because of what they saw about them on a social networking site, and 68% of employers have hired candidates because of what they saw about them on a social networking site.

That’s HUGE! And as international educators, I think that’s something we can use to our advantage 😉

Creating and maintaining a positive digital footprint is SO important for us as educators, but it is also (and maybe even more) important for our students. They are growing up in the digital age, whereas I was already in college when Facebook was first created. Our students have a much larger span of time to manage, and maybe they don’t even realize it! Maybe the following video can help our students see the importance of creating a positive digital footprint.

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I do believe that it is important for us as the educators to be teaching our students to have a positive digital footprint. Would it be best taught in technology class? Or is this something that is better integrated throughout the curriculum within all disciplines?  I am not sure what the answer is. I do know that my 9-month old daughter already has a digital footprint with all of the photos that I post of her on Facebook 😉 Her digital footprint is positive because I am the one who is controlling it…for now.

My daughter, Molly Joan

It’s important for all of us, teachers and students alike, to become more connected to one another. What is the best way to teach about creating a positive digital footprint? Think before you post! I warmly welcome your comments below.

4 thoughts on “The Facebook

  1. Molly Joan is gorgeous! How on earth do you get any work done with her to brighten your days?

    I think it’s everyone’s responsibility to be teaching our students to have a positive digital footprint. They’re our students right? We’re all using technology with our students in some way, shape or form.

    1. Hi Chrissy! Thanks for your comment 🙂 Luckily, Molly Joan is still taking 2 naps per day, and I have learned to be very efficient during those nap times! A positive digital footprint is SO important…for everyone. It’s important for us to be diligent and set a model example for our students (and kids!).

  2. Hi,

    I totally agree with you about digital footprint creation and international educators. I have found Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to be invaluable in my own recent job search. However, what I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is actually taking your ideas one step further. I don’t really think that being invisible or limited privacy really is an option – and that if we dupe ourselves into thinking something online is private, then not only are we lying to ourselves, but we are missing out on the positive digital footprint creation opportunity. My rule of thumb right now has switched from “Do I want my boss to see this?” to “Does this represent the best version of myself.” How do you go about making digital footprint decisions for yourself?

    Thanks for the post!


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