I understand Richardson's concern about how good your profile looks when you Google yourself. I haven't done that for a long time and frankly, I was a little alarmed at how much information is out there about me.
The first hit was Facebook. I hope I have been careful with my security settings-I think I have. I realized that there are several other people with my same name-spelled the same-and belonging to the same religious denomination. That was interesting. My daughters and daughter-in-law are interested in family trees and my name pops up on the sites they have used with more information than I am really comfortable with. I owned a business twenty years ago which pops up as an operating business still. I didn't have a website but small business organizations published the material. One site said the business had an annual income in the neighborhood of $50,000. I wish!- it never broke $10,000. Which goes to show how you can easily get the wrong impression.
I'm there in the Church e-newsletter, newsletters by boards my husband and I serve on and blogs that my children write and the website I publish through school.
I was surprised to see that my teaching license is right there for anyone to see posted by the department of education.
Overall, there is nothing I am ashamed of but I am alarmed at how much a person could find out about me if they wanted to. I am especially sensitive to this right now because my parents were victims of a scam in which a women called them and convinced them that she was my daughter and got them to wire $3,000 supposedly for bail money. They are vulnerable because they are too trusting, are old and have diminished capacity to make rational judgments and are fairly isolated.
There are several conclusions to draw from this.
1. Be careful. You can't control what other people post so be careful and check Google regularly.
2. We live in a very public age. The information that is out there is available to everyone. We can't assume privacy any more.
3. I have learned that I should think more than twice about who I mention in any vehicle that is on-line. I don't want to inadvertently put someone else at risk.
4. If I am researching someone else, there is potential to find a lot of information. I need to think about the conclusions I draw based on that information.
5. Teaching and practicing ethical behavior is critical.