How to Fix Online Reputation
Technological advances have made connecting with others online extremely simple. So simple, in fact, that many often forget that billions of people can see what they post online. Making mistakes may be an unavoidable fact of life, but making them on the internet can cause things to quickly get out of hand.
In this article, we’ll show you how to your online reputation from getting damaged, and how you can fix it when it does.
Preventing Online Reputation Damage
They say prevention is better than cure, and this quote applies to managing your online reputation. Here are a few tips on how to avoid getting yourself into situations that can affect the way people perceive you online.
- Avoid spending too much time on Social Media. – Too much of anything is a bad thing, and that’s also true when going on Social Media. The more you’re on it, the more chances that you might say something that you’ll eventually regret. Tone your online presence down if you can. Disconnect from the net every so often. This won’t only minimize any potential mistakes, but probably help maintain your sanity as well.
- Think twice before you post – Remember the adage, anything on the internet stays there forever. It’s an often-underestimated character of the internet that you really should watch out for. Whatever you say on social media has a lasting impression. You may have forgotten about your post the minute you decided to hit enter, but that thing is going to be seen for days, maybe even weeks. If it gets attention it can stay at trending for even longer. Be careful of what you say on the internet because it takes a while for people to forget.
- Try to review your old posts now and again – People mistakenly believe that deleting posts will scrub them from the net. This is only partially true. The internet isn’t a single entity, it’s millions upon millions of computers connected to each other. There’s always bound to be a backup of any currently posted data somewhere.
Nevertheless, you should try to check your old posts now and again to find anything that may draw unwanted attention. Sure, you can’t really permanently delete something from the internet, but deleting old posts can at least make them harder to come across. It’s also better to remove old posts a little at a time rather than dozens in one sitting.
When the worst-case scenario happens, you should at least know what to do to minimize the fallout. Keep calm, and don’t panic. Try to approach the problem rationally and you may get out of this with just a bruised ego.
- Take a break – The first thing you should always do when facing a sudden influx of negative reactions is to step back, turn off your pc or phone, then go do something else. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed with emotions. Angry posting is never the answer. Rather, it may make things worse. Take a break, then come back when you’ve calmed down.
- Don’t get into flame wars – The worst thing you could possibly do is to get into an argument that lasts for several posts, or even pages. Getting into a calm debate is fine, but be careful that it doesn’t devolve into petty name-calling, or mudslinging. Don’t add fuel to the fire. If the other side won’t listen to reason, then there’s no point in extending the argument. Be the better person and just let it slide.
- Ignore, don’t block – People who spend a lot of time on the net tend to have shorter attention spans. Or at least that’s what a recent study has shown. This also means that if you don’t give trolls and flamers attention, they’ll get bored and move on. It’s often better to use the Ignore function for negative posts rather than Block the senders. Ignoring means that you can’t see their posts, but the sender isn’t alerted to this. This is because some trolls use the fact that they’ve been blocked as justification to continue trolling.
- Apologize – There’s a lot to be said for owning up to your mistakes. If you know you’re wrong, admit it and apologize sincerely. Trying to defend an action that is obviously incorrect will just backfire in the long run. Say you’re sorry, and mean it.
A Bad Experience for Anyone
Getting your online reputation damaged is a bad experience for anyone. Arming yourself with the knowledge of how to prevent, or even fix this damage when it happens may save you from a lot of stress.
Have you ever been in a situation where you had to try and fix your online reputation? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.