Last week we looked at the various things you should look out for when you run your own background check. One issue we mentioned is old social media accounts. Think of the MySpace account you haven’t updated in five years but still sits open. Is that information you still want out there about yourself?
In the spirit of spring cleaning, we thought it a good time to highlight the best ways to clean up those old social media accounts from your past life that have been lying dormant but are still part of your public record.
Here are some easy steps to take to spring clean your social media presence:
1. Start by reviewing this helpful list of social networks that should help jog your memory. If you only have a handful, then logging in and manually deleting the accounts shouldn’t be too difficult, assuming you can remember the passwords. Remember to actually delete them and not just deactivate them, though.
2. However, you may have trouble even remembering all the social media accounts you have opened since high school or earlier. In order to see the full picture, you can complement a basic Google search with a background check on your public record.
3. Consider a service like Persona that helps manage your online reputation. These services will not only find your old accounts, but will also scan your active ones, such as Facebook and Twitter, for unsavory content that may harm people’s perceptions of you on the web.
As we’ve blogged about before, your online footprint is a double-edged sword. It takes work to manage your online reputation, especially if like some of us, you’ve been online for decades now.
What is the oldest social media account you still have open? Friendster? Bebo? Let us know in the comments.