We've been talking about managing your own "digital profile" (or online reputation) this week. Monday, we discussed using Google Alerts for monitoring blogs and websites, and Tuesday we talked about SocialOomph for monitoring Twitter. Yesterday, I described a couple of ways to monitor the discussion forums. Now, let's talk about photos.
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. There is no place that this is more true than with online profile management. Years of developing an impressive personal resume or business reputation can be undone with one unfortunate photo, posted either by a competitor, or just by a friend who "thought it would be funny." So, how can you monitor what photos of you and your business are being used online?
Google Images is the best way I have found to quickly see photos tagged of me and by me. Be sure to turn the "safe search," off, as this will keep the most damaging photos (if there are any) from displaying. Also, be sure to use all variations of your name and business name, enclosed in quotes (to filter out unrelated searches containing online one word in your search).
Another site that is good for monitoring photos posted online is 123people.com. A lot of the information offered on this site is partial info that you have to pay to "see the rest of," but the photo section is still free, and will pull up photos from the social networks and other websites tagged with the searched name.
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is a trainer and tech writer in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking. Her weakness is the mocha frappuccino.