ClaimID to manage your online identity?

  • February 26th, 2006

How often do you drop your own name into an online search engine? Go ahead. Admit it. How many times per week do you query the online indexes in search of your name knowing full well that the results are probably no different from yesterday, last week, or last month [EgoSurf]?

Your next potential employer will probably sit down in front of Google to check on your online activities. Search engine spiders are merciless and sniff out every single text snippet and file related to your qeury keywords. As such, you can imagine – or already are aware of – the fact that search engine results may not play in your favor. ClaimID aims at resolving the problems associated with common names and search results.

ClaimID is a service that lets you claim the information that is about you online. That information is then associated with your name, providing folks an easy way to see what is and isn’t about you online. In doing so, you get to influence the search engines, […] ClaimID is about letting you have some say in what search engines say about you.

Surf the internet as you normally would and “claim” sites [using a handy bookmarklet] that shape your online identity. I’ve registered and claimed a handful of sites that I have had direct connection with. I almost claimed myself as being a surgeon but decided instead to tag my design related sites. Similar to the likes of del.icio.us or Squidoo, ClaimID provides users with an online “home” listing related links (tagged, annotated, and organized into groups).

If you’re interested in reshaping your online identity, the following invite link well get you started. Check the service out and report back with your thoughts.