Archive | July, 2011

What does my Facebook say about me?

8 Jul

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.

Maggie O'Toole

This is my current Facebook profile picture.

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

Download your Facebook contact list — before it’s too late

5 Jul

Facebook vs. Google, Sword Fighting Social Media SitesThe battle for control of your personal network is on.

In case you missed it, Google+ officially rolled out last week, which had social media junkies like me all excited to get on it as soon as possible to see what it was all about.  So, we get our coveted invites and made it there and… crickets.  A social media sites are no fun when there’s no one there to socialize with.

Immediately I, and apparently lots of other people, too, thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if I could just bring my download my Facebook friend list and bring all by friends over to Google+ with me?” We’ve spent all this time building our digital personal networks and want them to travel with us wherever we go.  After all, their our contacts, not Facebook’s.  Seems logical, right?  Continue reading

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