I'm sure most of my readers, who are those who don't get all the "tech talk", have heard of a carbon footprint. It was (and still is) a big deal in the world - well a digital footprint is about the same thing. The simple definition of a digital footprint is your impact on the internet.
netlingo.com defines digital footprint as:
An expression that refers to the way technology now pervades everyone's lives, your "digital footprint" specifically describes the trail you leave in cyberspace and on any form of digital communication.
That's a pretty good definition from where I sit. What you're not reading is that unlike a paper trail you can't get rid of the digital footprint. However, like your carbon footprint you can lessen your digital footprint. I'm not sure you can do this with a carbon footprint, but you can, affect your digital footprint. Take social media for example - what you put on Facebook, twitter, or YouTube colors how people perceive you. Those are just a few of the major social networking sites.
What about sites/mobile apps like Pintrest, Instagram, Vine, or pheed (just to name a few)? Those allow unfiltered access to your everyday life. Does that raise some red flags? It does for me - maybe it should for you too. I'm not suggesting that we censor the internet - 'cause that would be crazy. But, we need to be careful about what we put out on the internet. Especially those who are younger - it has an impact on your employment. I guarantee that if I interview you for a job, I will Google your name when you leave my office!
What do you think?
Can we have an impact on our digital footprint?