Your mother or father probably drilled it into your brain. Your spouse or roommate probably reminded you (one way or another) why it is a good practice. But do you do it in cyberspace?
I am talking about cleaning up after your cyberself. How’s that MySpace page doing? Your first Facebook page? Got any old social media accounts out there or old websites and blogs? You might find Lauren Goode’s blog post from last month’s “All Things D” very useful.
In A Handy Guide to Deleting Digital Accounts, Goode give specific instructions on deleting unwanted accounts in Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo, AOL and Google+. Another option is a tool like Delete Your Account, where you type in the service you from which you want to delete an account, and it presents the instructions for that account. (E.g., search for “MySpace” and you get instructions for deleting accounts from MySpace.) (If you don’t remember where you left your digital self, try Bing, Google or seeing a neurologist…)
Make sure you aren’t confusing your own prospective clients with old, out-dated and inaccurate digital accounts. If you don’t check those profiles at least every month, you should consider deleting them. You never know how long an unflattering comment might be there, harming your reputation because you were nonresponsive.