You Will Be Found…

…and once you’re found, you will be indexed.

I’m reading Ross’ reply to yesterday’s post and thinking about how easy it is for him to find himself on the internet.  With a unique name like his, he stands out and without even trying, you know that he’s going to be returned as one of the top hits on any internet search.

Above and beyond that, his contributions to education should be recognized as well.  He’s a technology leader, former member of OSAPAC, and is one of the key mover and shakers in Mathematics in the province of Ontario.

For a lot of these reasons, doing an appropriate search will dredge up all kinds of ref

erences.  I thought that I knew most about him but I did a search and found even more details.

So, the indexing continues in ways that we never realize.

I had a similar revelation myself the other day.  I was looking for a particular blog and stumbled onto a site that was indexing ME and this blog.  According to postrank, in its recent analysis, I had moved up 157 positions.  I didn’t even know that I was on the list!  Heck, I don’t even recall knowing about the list.  But, there I

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was.

Whenever I talk to people about online identify and the like, eyes typically glaze over.  Here’s Doug going on about some computer, nerdy thing again.  But it’s happening and happening everywhere.

Not only do we need to be aware of it, but more than ever, we need to be actively guarding the content and just what we’re becoming associated with.  Even more importantly, we’ve got to stop passively giving a nod and a wink to this with students.

Not only will YOU be found, but THEY will be found as well.  And, once found, what types of story and information will be delivered along with this discovery.

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One thought on “You Will Be Found…

  1. It was great to see you mentioning Ross – we are so fortunate to have him as a resource and inspiration in our board, from anne and friends at the tllp meeting.

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