I Googled You

August 1, 2010 at 4:54 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Cyber Stalking. I’m a professional. I have my sourcesss. No need for cameras to take candid shots. What’s photo grabbing for? One of the best features of New Social Media EVER. 😀

This blog is inspired by our activity in our Comm Trends class last week. You see, this is a very, very delayed post. 😛 Companies are googling us! Aah! I tried it after my professor told us to check our digital footprint. I saw my friendster, multiply and facebook account. The results also showed the most clicked blog of one of my classmates where she had my blog on her blogroll. I just want to say something about this.

If they can google us, we, too, can google them. We’ve been done it before for our internships and case studies but not on the same level as when we will do when we’ll start to apply for a permanent employment after graduation.

For companies, organizations, HR people and corporations, here’s a little something for you:

We know you are googling us. Looking intently at what we’ve been doing for the past N years of our lives just like a stalker does. You should also know that we are googling you too. We can see you in different perspectives and point of views. If you haven’t been listening to the negative things about you, we do. We hear it and we hear it clear. Be careful. But don’t worry too much because we also hear the positive things people are chatting about you (if there are any).

We are an expert in stalking; we see your every move once we take interest in you. When you consider us for a position, it means that you’re interested in us too, right? Then, let’s stalk each other. Let’s see who’ll get the most information. I have to warn you though, what you’ll see is limited to those who know us, to our networks. You may consider it controlled since we can somehow easily ‘repair’ a damage about our reputation. How about you? What we’ll see about you, on the other hand, is not limited to those who know you. Why you ask? When our enemy tells to his/her friends about us, we have a code name so they could talk about us behind our backs. But when a consumer talks about you, they wouldn’t hesitate mentioning your name and telling the whole world how much you suck.

Do you see it now? Consider yourself warned. Your strategy might backfire on you. Not only should we be careful of our digital footprint and online reputation but you as well.Googling are not exclusive to you, it’s not only you who does it. Be aware of it.Take care of yourself, okay? Because we care. 

“You need to know what is being said about you online. Today, all it takes is one enemy to put something anonymously on the Internet and everyone will see it.”

Michael Fertik

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Six Degrees of Clicking (Part 2)

August 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

We will be discussing the theory in relation to The Cluetrain Manifesto Chapter 5. Wow, I sounded like a teacher. But yes, I will elaborate on the theory my mind blurted out. Sorry, there’ll be no recap, please refer to Six Degrees of Clicking Part 1.

Hyperlinked

The Cluetrain Manifesto is absolutely right, that “the Web literally consists of pages hyperlinked together by the author of each individual.” You might get lost in the jungle of a Web; the difference is that it’s much, much easier to get back on track than in the real world. You can immediately see your mutual friends and might even be surprised that your crush is the son of your mother’s old friend. See? You can track people easily, see them, connect to them and in turn another person might go to your page and get connected to your friends since they are already hyperlinked to you.

Hypertime

You can meet some people fast and talk to them simultaneously. You can connect to employees who are way down/up the corporate ladder through six clicks or maybe less. It is possible to hop until you get somewhere else in the Web. Meet and greet everyone in any part of the world in just a few seconds. You don’t have to go to another country and find out that your friend there is next door to someone who knows another person and so on to get to someone you want to be acquainted with. Simply put, it’s fast. Get it?

Open, direct access

“There’s no standing between you and the rest of the world of people and pages.” Yes, definitely. You can see almost all the content in a page. You can see every contacts and links the page is networked to. You have access to everything so it’s easy to get wherever in any site or any page. You can move from one type of social media to another, you are not limited to just one. This makes your search wider, and makes your people-finding more open.

Borderless

There’s always the possibility of landing to anyone’s profile since anyone can pass on a link basically to any of their networks, unless it’s private but it is a rare phenomenon I believe. The word ‘impossible’ is not even considered. With the Web, there’s no limit to where you could go and what might happen next. Imagine the possibilities, it’s borderless.

*After I wrote the part 2 I thought, this would be a good thesis topic. It’ll be nice to create my own framework and theory. Haha. Or maybe not. 😛

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