by Eric Pudalov, Community Events Coordinator
On this day off, I happened to be “Googling myself,” so to speak, just out of curiosity, and came upon some different profiles on social networking sites that represent me quite differently.
I realize that, for employers, there is certain information I wouldn’t want to put on the Web, and in general, I don’t put that stuff out there. Still, being that I recently joined a social network for horror movie fans, and am also on Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, and LinkedIn, you could see a very different Eric depending on which link you clicked.
Which brings me to my next point. For our organization, when you Google us, there are some negative results that unfortunately come up. While I won’t go into much detail, many of those results are related to things that occurred several years ago, and have now been resolved. One of the cases, in fact, was written by someone who apparently interviewed with the company several years ago, and didn’t get the job, so they seemed to be venting about their experience. However, the complaint still shows up prominently on a major search engine, which worries me.
So, I would like to ask Sherry Heyl, at Mindblogging, is there a way to at least keep outdated information from being the first Google result when you type something in? Would it help to have more Web resources about our programs and what we do?
And once again, I’m also asking for the input of Gini Dietrich, whose blogs I have been enjoying very much over the past few weeks, and perhaps Jay Baer, author of Convince and Convert, whose blog struck me as highly informative and visually appealing as well. I realize that no organization is perfect, but we would like to do our best to have more (truthful) information about ourselves on the Web, and stay updated on a regular basis, which is of course part of my job.
Actually, I’m hoping that in the months to come, I’ll have more people in my department, simply for input on some of the projects that we work on (not to suggest that I don’t like my coworkers!). I only say this because when it gets down to the wire, we may have multiple projects of equal importance, and I sometimes feel that I fall short in certain areas while focusing more energy on others (isn’t that all of us, though?).
Our main website, at the moment, is unfortunately having technical issues, but those should be resolved sometime this week. We are working on making some updates to reflect a few of the major changes to the program that have been put in place recently.
As with anything, the more experience and practice I gain with all of the Web-based social networking and advertising, the more I’ll learn, and hopefully the more contacts I’ll get in touch with. So I’m being as patient as possible…as always, I appreciate all the advice and examples I’ve gained from you experts out there. I hope to be in your position someday!