The Internet knows…

October 19, 2009

What does the Internet know about you?

Great question. Some people just post anything online. Some might regret it later, others not at all. But what is out there about you? I found an interesting website called Personas. It visually represents just how much the internet knows about you in an arty way. How does it work? Just type in your name. Personas will analyze the text of the Google results, breaking your web presence down into various keywords or categories. These include everything from “online” to “books” to “social,” and each one has a color, so each person’s name results in a unique band of colors. Here is mine (click to see full version):

Personas

Of course, if more people have the same name as you (I know at least 3 do!), the results can become a bit blurry (No clue why “military” is in mine). Nevertheless, it is a very colorful overview of who you are on the Internet. On top of that, it shows how smart the web becomes and how far software can go to digitally track you.

So, what’s in it for me? What’s truly me : online, social, professional, media, management, education, news, sports, books, legal… What not? military, genealogy, fashion…

Give Personas a try yourself and see what the web comes up with 🙂

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On the right track?

January 27, 2009

“Even if you are on the right track,
you will get run over if you just sit there.”
– Will Rogers –

This is so true! Too many people are on the right track and then they loose speed. They slow down even to the point of standing still. I know, some take a detour and loose track easily, but I am talking about those who are staying on track and who do nothing (very little?) to get to their (next) destination.

What’s keeping them from going forward? Maybe they have a false feeling of security knowing they are on the right track? Or are they exhausted of all the hard work before getting on the right track? Who can tell? The fact is, they will get run over if they just sit there. On top of that, it becomes even harder to get moving again and you might even get distracted and get off your right track!

So, where are you? Already on the right track? What’s your cruising speed? Or do you need more guidance? I can help you with the right action(s) to get you back on track. It’s up to you to take the first step…

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
Lifehacker & Life Coach
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