Is An Online Identity Necessary and What Should You Do to Maintain It?

In the past few weeks I've been thinking/writing about online identity. A few days ago, I posted on transparency and an excellent article in WIRED magazine on The See-Through CEO. In comments on that post, Christy Tucker shared an experience she had in a networking forum recently that I think deserves further discussion. She said: I quoted both you and the Wired article in a discussion in an online networking... Read more →

I'm Not the Only One Digging Ning

My interest in Ning continues unabated, especially after seeing that over 100,000 networks have been developed so far. Marc Andreesen's post on the accomplishment indicates that one of the reasons for their incredible growth is that Ning developers are focusing on making it ridiculously easy to set up your own network. I'm here to tell you that they're succeeding with that plan. You can definitely set up a network in... Read more →

Lessons Learned from Calculating My Online Identity Score

From Career Distinction comes a nifty little tool that will calculate your "online identity score" and help you determine how effective your online personal branding efforts have been. When you go to the site, you're instructed to run a Google search, enter in the total number of results returned, determine how many of the results on the first three pages relate to you and then how well you think these... Read more →

After Three Weeks of Ning Communities, I'm Learning a Few Things

My latest shiny Web 2.0 toy is Ning. Up until about a month ago, I'd only dabbled in it, mostly visiting and joining other Ning communities, but in the last few weeks since I started Building a Better Blog, I've had Ning on the brain. I've since started Beyond the Glass Ceiling, as well as two other networks for clients I'm working with. So I'm getting a lot of experience... Read more →

Our "Take Back Your 9-5" Career Empowerment Retreat is Taking Off!

Last week Rosetta Thurman and I invited interested women to join us for a career retreat in the D.C. area. Since then, we've been thrilled to hear from a number of women who are excited about the idea of working together to create their career plans and move their professional development forward. Now it's time for next steps. The Beyond the Glass Ceiling Community We're starting with a new community... Read more →

Facebook, MySpace and Class Divisions

Danah Boyd has posted a provocative essay on the class divisions she sees in the users of MySpace vs. Facebook. This is actually a phenomenon I've noticed myself in the past several months as I watch my 15 year old move from MySpace to Facebook and get her perspective on who in her high school is making the shift to Facebook and who is staying on MySpace. Danah's premise, in... Read more →

More On Facebook

A few Facebook updates: Inspired by a post I did a few weeks ago on Using Facebook in Your Nonprofit, Soha El-Borno of Wild Apricot has written a Beginner's Guide to Facebook, complete with graphics. If you're thinking about getting started with Facebook, this may be the kickstart you need. The big Facebook story this week is their decision to allow outside developers to write programs on top of the... Read more →