Web shadows recommends: must-read posts and links

A few good reads related to managing your online reputation:  

Twitter learning tasks


The most post popular posts relating to Me and My Web Shadow has long been “Some Beginner’s Guides to Twitter“.

This post from Beth Kanter is nice addition to those introductory guides, sharing some exercises from a Colorado non-profit‘s team Twitter learning sessions. 

If you’re learning to use Twitter have a go at some of these, on your own or with a friend or team (take a look at Beth’s post and the comments for more ideas): 

  • Find a new hashtag and use it successfully

  • Tweet a photo you took with your phone

  • Follow 5 new people that interest you

  • Schedule a tweet using HootSuite, Tweetdeck, or another service

  • Find and sign up for a link that will track your clicks

  • Search for a topic or hashtag you are interested in

  • Create a Twitter lists

  • Reply to someone’s tweet and get them to respond to you

  • Use a social media tool to determine your most effective time of the day to tweet

  • Gain 10 new followers by following less than 10 people

  • Use #FF to list a few people you enjoy following

Another useful approach if you have a large team or workshop session is to get people to share how they use Twitter, the moments when it has saved them time, brought them news first, thrown up an unexpected opportunity. 

Beginners’ guides to Twitter

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The links below are all very useful, but I would also recommend the Mashable Beginner’s Guide to Twitter.

Originally posted on my personal blog, Open….

At the Brighton Digital Festival talk on online reputation for artists I did the other evening, I was asked to post some beginners’ guides to Twitter (thanks to Helen Wilshaw for the reminder).

Naturally there is a pretty good one in Me and My Web Shadow, but there’s no shortage of free good advice out there online…

Here are a few I like the look of:


And, showing far Twitter use has spread, the DeBrett’s social networking etiquette guide has a nice way of putting things (via Harry Wallop in The Telegraph:

Do not overload the Facebook home page feed with countless status updates. Be sure that your posts are written to enlighten others, and not used as an exercise in vanity.

Well, quite!

Twitter image (cc) Svartling

Facial recognition search: a privacy nightmare coming to your Facebook friends today….


Search engines that can find pictures of people using an image of their face are not new, but their use has not been widespread so far. There are some search tools of varying reliability that look for your own photos or images like the one you have uploaded in video and Apple’s iPhoto uses the technology to help you sort your pics in iPhoto. So far so innocuous…

But the implications of facial recoginition search are a little disturbing. In theory it means that images of someone can be found that even they don’t know about. Ever wandered into the background of a photo taken at a nightclub or walking down the street? Continue reading

The ROI of personal networks (especially LinkedIn) | Open (minds, finds, conversations)…

Yesterday I had a conversation with someone who told me that over the past year that had learned how to use LinkedIn and that they reckoned that they could directly attribute several hundred thousand pounds of profit to it. Not vaguely, not hypothetically – they knew exactly which items on their balance sheet were the result of doing things because of and through that social network tool.

They were a fiftysomething avowedly non-techie businessperson in a service industry and I found their account of their experience very useful, as it had the fresh perspective of someone outside of the connected world I most live in. Continue reading

Educational stalking | Open (minds, finds, conversations)…

Educational stalking

by Antony Mayfield on J November 2010 in Public notebook { Edit }

Interesting to read of the English teacher who encourages their pupils to cyber-stalk strangers. It’s an excellent, practical lesson for them about just how much information people reveal about themselves online, often without considering the consequences.

Clarence Fisher explains his lesson:

Wanting to teach the kids in my class about concepts of digital footprint and online safety, I used three people well known from the edusphere as examples: Will Richardson, Jabiz Raisdana and Jeff Utecht. I introduced these three friends to the students in my class by giving them only a photo and a name. I simply told the kids in my class: find out all you can about these three guys.

The students made a list of places to search. They started with simply Google and then soon expanded to other places such as flickr, youtube, twitter, wordpress, linkedin, delicious and facebook. They expanded into a Yahoo domain search and searching other sites such as whois.net. Soon their lists of information began to grow. Continue reading

If you know someone on Facebook, Facebook knows you…

It's becoming almost impossible to hide from the network...

It turns out that Facebook’s mapping of the world’s social connections goes beyond even its 500 million+ members.

In an interesting little experiment, the BBC’s Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones demonstrates that it knows a fair bit about you even if you haven’t signed up yet. Continue reading

Social networks can lead to identity theft (but don’t panic)

Is there enough information about you on the web for someone to steal your identity? Very possibly.

Is there enough information available by phoning around or going through your bins. Definitely.

A blog post on the social networks, security, privacy and identity theft by New Statesman journalist Jason Stamper is well worth a read. Jason carried out his own experiment, using publicly available Foursquare and social network information to build up a profile of a stranger. Continue reading

Slides from my #digitalsurrey talk last night: Me & My Web Shadow: slide-show edition – Antony’s posterous

Last night I gave a talk to the brilliant Digital Surrey group about Me and My Web Shadow, the slides from which are (practising what I preach) now available on SlideShare.

Kerry from Dell has kindly shared her notes on her Posterous if you want to read a bit about what was said… Continue reading