When you google your name what happens? If you’re lucky enough to have a relatively uncommon name, your facebook, linkedin, or twitter accounts are likely to come up on the first page assuming you are using your real name. These sites all have a lot of authority on google and are useful to searchers looking to find out more about you – this makes sense.
With that in mind, there are other slightly less popular social networking sites that you should register with to protect your name – even if you don’t plan on using them. It’s free to register and could prevent you a major headache down the road.
I didn’t sign up for EVERY one, but I grabbed a few of the bigger ones anyway, and it actually kind of got me hooked on Flickr. Speaking of, check me out on Flickr and add me as a contact!
Funny though, that site seems to be missing AIM and Gmail (but does include Yahoo!) but by now I’m guessing you’ve already checked those.
Anyway, just a friendly tip for anyone that is creating a blog in order to promote themselves, protect their online identity, or even bury a negative story off of the first page of Google by building new content to replace it, go grab your social networking sites now before its too late.