I’ve been writing a lot about what does your e-mail address say about you, about controlling your online identity and personal brand, and about knowing the importance of what the internet has to say about you. So, now is time to see what the internet has to say about me. Specially, in this case, what my Facebook profile says about me.
In my last post, I mentioned Facebook’s Download Your Profile tool. Of course, I had to try it. Initial reaction: it’s not very user friendly. For security purposes, you have to jump through a lot of hoops. But, I’m glad of that – I don’t want just anyone to be able to download a file that’s an easily searchable record of everything I’ve ever said/done on Facebook. (Nothing too bad, mind you, but let’s just say that I didn’t understand about personal branding and reputation management in college.)
After jumping through the hoops to download my profile, I received a zipped folder comprised of html files for each type of information that I had posted on Facebook: newsfeed, pictures, etc. I was hoping that it would all be in an easy to use document that I could run though some filters to come up with some stats about my Facebook usage. (I was hoping for my very own Facebook infographic like the LinkedIn ones that I wrote about a few weeks ago.) Alas, the Download Your Profile tool isn’t that user-friendly. So, I decided just to look at the Newsfeed page, as that’s where most of the text goes anyway. Continue reading