What are examples of a digital footprint?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The original question had to be edited.  A "digital footprint" refers to the sum total of a presence that an individual has on the world wide web.  In a setting as wide as the web, there is much about the individual and their "digital footprint" is a compilation of their presence on the web.  Some examples include:

  • "a profile on Facebook or MySpace
  • photographs that you, your friends or family have posted online
  • anything you have written or that has been written about you, for instance on discussion boards, blogs, or in articles."

A digital footprint includes the sum total of our significant interactions on the web.  It is a reflection of who an individual is in the public condition of the web.  Prospective candidates for work positions can do much to enhance their digital footprint to make them more attractive to employers.  Digital footprints can include browser histories and search histories, reflective of an individual's penchants and sensibilities.  The individual's digital footprint is unique to them, but since the web is public, it also makes this uniqueness something that individuals can appropriate for themselves.  


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