Your digital footprint: Your personal and professional profile

There are now a variety of social networking sites which allow you to maintain both a professional and personal profile. This allows you to keep the two activities separate. Be very careful how you set up the privacy settings on your pages. Some of these services still keep your data long after you sign off from their service, for example, you can still be tagged on facebook, even if you have closed down your own site. Some people will use the same service, like Twitter, for both a professional and personal profile.

Your professional profile may also be enhanced if you appear on any of your Academic Institution's web pages, for instance those for a research centre. You may also be active in a professional association, so you may also be mentioned there. Here are some services and suggested uses.