Amanda Leigh Curtis, Amanda Curtis, Amanda L. Curtis, “Amanda Leigh Curtis”. I probably searched my name about ten different ways on Google. I looked through all of the images shown as well as the websites that resulted from these searches. Thankfully, my digital footprint has not been all too significant.
After researching digital citizenship and it’s meaning I am reminded that everything we do online is like a tattoo…it is permanently recorded and can never be erased. I have only had a Facebook account for about 7 years and thankfully many of my mistakes were made before every little movement we made could be tracked online and I only created accounts on Twitter, Flickr, and Google + due to the requirements of the digital literacy class I am currently taking. The first item listed in the results of the search of my name was Facebook. I clicked on the link and proceeded to look through my profile. There are lots of photos there of my family, my children, and my friends along with lots of recipes that I’ve shared and a few political memes scattered throughout. For the most part I am satisfied with what is available for the public to see although I was sure I had my profile set to private which is something I intend on looking into further over the next few days. I am aware of some moments in time in which I may have over shared my thoughts or feelings or may have even used some foul language in my Facebook posts but as any other person, I am not perfect and the main thing is that I’ve learned my lesson. I no longer share thoughts about how my relationship is going or why I’m angry with my bff. I’ve learned throughout the years that social media is not intended to be a therapy session.
One thing I did find interesting when Googling my name was that there are many different women who share my name. There are other Amanda Leigh Curtis’s with LinkdIn accounts and Instagram accounts, where I do not have accounts on either of these. I was also able to find information about my actual self such as previous addresses and phone numbers as well as previously used names (I was married at one time) and known associates and relatives. The most surprising thing for me was that I didn’t have to pay to gain access to this information.
Overall, I am happy with the fact that I did not find much of a digital footprint for myself. I was unable to find any photos of myself when searching images of Amanda Leigh Curtis, in fact, most of the photos were of the actress Jamie Lee Curtis. I think I would like to use my accounts on Twitter and this blog in order to put more information about myself out there that will appeal to future employers or colleges.