OK. Fess up. How many online profiles do you have? How may is it even possible to have? While it may be nearly impossible to gauge an actual number, since there are so very many possibilities, a recent study cited that the average Canadian has seven online profiles floating around on the web.
I’m going to be very honest here. I have six. That I can think of. These include my never deleted, but long abandoned, Friendster and MySpace accounts, a couple of online dating profiles, LinkedIn and my very often-used Facebook account. On top of that you can find me on a handful of blogs, job hunting sites and, of course, Twitter.
And, while the internet may make us happier, is it really making us more productive? I mean, that’s a lot of information, over six profiles, that pretty much say the same thing about me. Is it really necessary?
Many people think it’s best practice to keep their professional and personal online profiles separate. To use LinkedIn for business and Facebook for friends. As we discussed last week, that’s not realistic. Any potential employer or business partner will simply Google you and find your not-linked Facebook page anyway. And, since you can’t hide, perhaps you should think about integrating?
There are a few avenues that one can take to do this.
If you’re already immersed in the Google world, you can create a Google profile, which will show people where else they can find you online. With this, you’re able to choose which accounts you want (or don’t want) to link to.
Not so in tune with the Google-verse? Don’t worry. There are plenty of other options for you.
Fairly new site Retaggr promises to not only pull all of your profiles together in one space, but to attach a “Web 2.0” business card into sites that you interact with.
Recently launched Name.ly allows you to link all of your social networking sites, blogs, etc… into one tagline for your email footer – which will take anyone who clicks on it to a list of your assorted profiles.
DandyID lets you organize your online presence and allows you to track it, using their analytic tools. Linking to over 300 services, this two-year-old resource may be the most comprehensive way to bring your digital life together in one place.
What do you think? Is it necessary to streamline – to have all your online profiles together in one place? Or are you happy with the way you’ve got things set up?
If you use other services to keep your online life on track, we’d love to hear them – leave them in the comments below.