Something which always causes concern when people mention social media or Web 2.0 is privacy and managing a professional personal balance.
One aspect of privacy is the information we choose to share and how that reflects on our professional identities.
This presentation from the University of Bath gives a very good overview of how to manage your professional identity:
Not everybody will want to be totally anonymous but in our online world it is important to be informed about privacy.
Take note of the privacy options available and adjust the settings where necessary when signing up to a new service. Many sites will give you a variety of options allowing you to set the privacy settings at a level to suit you. This will include an option to keep your whole profile private, or open to only those users you choose to share your information with.
But remember the more information we share the less control we have of it (This light hearted video is a good reminder).
This page has some advice on how to keep social media private – it is aimed at teachers but the instructions are relevant.
The University has some social media guidelines which I would suggest you take a look at.
If you wish you can set your blog so search engines won’t find it easily by going to Dashboard > Settings > Reading then select “Discourage search engines from indexing this site.”
Adapted from http://23thingswarwick.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/managing-your-online-identity.html under creative commons license and Emily Allbon’s presentation on Upgrade from City