Friday, April 3, 2009

Keeping Track of Your Online Presence

Do you ever wonder who's "talking" about you on-line? Are you concerned that someone is "stealing" your work and publishing it without giving you credit or payment?

A lot of us already know to do a Google search for our names to see what pops up. Today, I learned about a new tool to use. It's called "Who's Talking" and can be found at http://www.whostalkin.com/

This is a search tool which goes beyond the usual. It searches blogs, forums, web sites, news sites, video sites and more. It doesn't search just one blog network but 14 including Wordpress and Twitter.

Do an "ego" search for your own name on a weekly or monthly basis. It's important to keep track of what's happening with your work. There will, of course, be times when things slip through the cracks of a search engine, but be sure to use more than one search tool. Each tool is designed to search for different things. Use these tools to your advantage and if you do find someone has posted something which belongs to you without permission, contact them and ask them reimburse you or remove your material.

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