The Blurring of the Lines: Reputation Management

There has been countless posts talking about protecting your identity or brand online by not posting stupid comments, photos or videos. I think that is the least of your concern. With the market exploding with dozens of smartphone models, capturing a moment and posting it online is literally a click away.

I’m not sure if you’ve seen the video of Miley Cyrus taking a bong hit and acting like an absolute moron, but hundreds of thousands of people have.  Take a look below:

I think we are all pretty clear on what to post and what not to post, but what about those around us.  Friends? Family? Strangers? The real-time effect that smartphones provide have really blurred the lines between our offline and online lives.  No longer is it ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’. Rather it is, ‘what happens in Vegas, stays on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc.’

Personally, I lost respect for Miley and don’t consider her a good role model for my kids.  The unfortunate thing is that many kids grew up watching her as Hannah Montana, and now continue to look to her.

When going forward, keep this in mind. Your actions, no matter how good or bad, could be captured and posted for the world to see.