Things deteriorate over time if you don’t do maintenance – even software. One item that needs upkeep is your online identity. Many of us go onto sites — social networking or otherwise — and type in details about ourselves (true or not) and there they remain for perpetuity. I just received an update from Plaxo, a site about which I had forgotten – only my details were wrong but also those of some of my connections, including my son Edward, an i-generationer and headhunter now at Amos and Bailey, rather than the previous company cited in his details.
In the future there may be some identity management for the Web where you can be in control of one single version of who you are; until then, do the housekeeping on your on-line registrations. If you don’t, that flattering and ever anticipated call from someone trying to recruit you for the job you’ve always dreamt of, may not come your way.