The wider implications of Online Reputation

By Wayne Denner

The sending of an image, posting of a tweet or that private message for many social media users, seems to happen with little to no thought to the impact it might have to personal reputation. As I’ve said in many of my talks to young people in schools
‘If you don’t want your message being seen on a global bill board, don’t post it online’

This week sees yet another case of how a public office career – which took years to build, was ruined by a few messages sent via WhatsApp.

Now I’m not going to get into the rights and wrongs of this type of behaviour. That’s already being documented in at least 5 pages of search results in Google thanks to the national media – and the implications will have long term and devastating consequences for the MP, his party and most importantly his wife and five children.

In this case the impact will be severe for all those closely associated to the minister. The results in search engines and posts on social media platforms will be around for a very long time – and it will be difficult to near impossible to remove the traces of …read more

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