Digital footprint…

Goodness, when you start to think about the information (footprints) you share and are leaving behind it all starts to get real!  Just a few hours ago I was laughing with one of my colleagues thanking the Lord that I didn’t grow up in the era of smart phones!  That the only trace of my 20’s exist in the memory of a select few with the odd photo stashed in a cupboard somewhere (definitely not online thank goodness!!) to look back on.

As much as I love the advancements and ease that the internet and smart phones bring to my life I am ever cautious of what I chose to share – what I wasn’t paying too much attention to was what others may be sharing of mine or tagging me in!

This week I started #Thing3 and #Thing4 as part of #23ThingsEdUni and one of the tasks was to google your name to get a sense of your own digital footprint – I can honestly say I have never googled myself and I don’t give too much thought to the fact that there are others out there who share the same name as me, so you can imagine my surprise when I googled my name for the first time I was met with the headline ‘Alcoholic Gail Mitchell jailed for kicking OAP in the head during booze theft’ from the West Yorkshire News 2011, it did make me draw breath I won’t lie!  It has also made me think quite hard about how I might want to identify myself digitally so as not to be confused with my namesake!!!

Like most people I use Facebook -when it first started it was a great way to keep in touch with my sister who lives down South letting me share pictures and updates with her without sending costly texts, now I use it out of pure nosiness – Instagram, Twitter and LinkdIn but hadn’t given too much thought to the amount of information that I may be inadvertently sharing and who I may be sharing it with.

As an adult (not by choice I would like my age to show as 21 but my profile picture wouldn’t quite add up!) I am cautious and thoughtful about what I share (I am linked to my mum and dad and son on social media after all) but the younger generation could be easily caught out and disadvantaging themselves without even realising it – future employers are moving with the times too and are not adverse to checking out future employees on social media!

#Thing3 and #Thing4 focus on digital footprint and digital security and one of the real eye openers for me was my security settings, I thought I was all covered and clear on who could see what – how wrong was I!  A thorough clear up was long overdue – now I just need to keep on top of it.

Digital footprint can be a great thing, you can share what you choose to and others have an opportunity to find out more about you from afar (not in a creepy way!) but the fact remains, you have to be mindful and thoughtful about what and just how much you give of yourself – stay safe out there – its a minefield!

 

Change, its inevitable…

Talk about stepping out of my comfort zone writing a blog!  I like change, always have, always will – but maybe I should quantify that statement further.  From a personal and a professional perspective change has never bothered me –  I like the idea of never standing still, always looking at what’s coming over the horizon, trying new things – at least I tell myself that I do…

I’ve worked in a learning and development capacity most of my professional career and it has changed and evolved like everything and everywhere else.  I’m a face to face type of girl, find out what people need, come up with the solution, write the training (engaging and interactive of course) get out there and deliver it – and I love it.  So, years ago when e-learning / distance learning became the next big thing I can admit it – I was put out!

The thought that someone would prefer to work alone rather than reap the benefits from a group workshop – getting involved in the discussion, debating, networking, sharing experiences and ideas (you can tell I’m more of an active learner!) was alien to me.

That was then – now I can see that these different routes to learning and personal development don’t necessarily mean they have to be from a distance.  Over the last few years even a technophobe like myself has come to realise that with all of these advancements in technology comes choice and best of all access.  The biggest surprise to me in hindsight is the way in which digital solutions have crept into my life without me even noticing (or having to read an instruction manual – my idea of hell!) and made my life easier.

I still love my pad and pen (there’s nothing better than an A3 pad to scribble and mind map on) but I couldn’t live without my smart phone or tablet  – I just love the fact that I have choice and options.  I never thought that I would embrace development routes such as #23ThingsEdUni but here I am working through Thing 1 and Thing 2 and already I’m hooked.

Change, its inevitable (and its great).

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Change, its inevitable…

Talk about stepping out of my comfort zone writing a blog!  I like change, always have, always will – but maybe I should quantify that statement further.  From a personal and a professional perspective change has never bothered me –  I like the idea of never standing still, always looking at what’s coming over the horizon, trying new things – at least I tell myself that I do…

I’ve worked in a learning and development capacity most of my professional career and it has changed and evolved like everything and everywhere else.  I’m a face to face type of girl, find out what people need, come up with the solution, write the training (engaging and interactive of course) get out there and deliver it – and I love it.  So, years ago when e-learning / distance learning became the next big thing I can admit it – I was put out!

The thought that someone would prefer to work alone rather than reap the benefits from a group workshop – getting involved in the discussion, debating, networking, sharing experiences and ideas (you can tell I’m more of an active learner!) was alien to me.

That was then – now I can see that these different routes to learning and personal development don’t necessarily mean they have to be from a distance.  Over the last few years even a technophobe like myself has come to realise that with all of these advancements in technology comes choice and best of all access.  The biggest surprise to me in hindsight is the way in which digital solutions have crept into my life without me even noticing (or having to read an instruction manual – my idea of hell!) and made my life easier.

I still love my pad and pen (there’s nothing better than an A3 pad to scribble and mind map on) but I couldn’t live without my smart phone or tablet  – I just love the fact that I have choice and options.  I never thought that I would embrace development routes such as #23ThingsEdUni but here I am working through Thing 1 and Thing 2 and already I’m hooked.

Change, its inevitable (and its great).

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