As our participation in a wider number of online systems increases it can become a challenge to maintain our identify. While the a simple approach is to use the same username on all of the systems, this approach is not always possible, or reasonable. In part because you may share the same name as a number of other people. I've actually been a bit surprised to find so many people who share my own name.

Why bother you may ask? It is becoming common for potential employers, clients and even online friends to review a persons background. This was motivation enough for me to put a nameplate website online to provide a focal point to manage my online identify. Following the basic steps outline in the Lifehacker article Have a say in what Google says about you I put together a nameplate page up on Tumblr, ed.orcutt.org.

The content of the nameplate site should be basic, just your name, profession, location and email address. In addition I've added links to major sites on which I have a presence: Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Setting up a page at Tumblr could not be easier, and it's free. There are hundreds of web page themes to choose from thanks to so many generous designers. In addition, you can edit the theme is you want to in order to improve search engine optimization (SEO). Perhaps a good topic for a article in the future.