Hardware

Five tools to help keep your reputation clean

Introduction

If you have an online presence for a product, service, talent, or skill, you need to manage how visitors perceive you. Just a few bad comments or posts can ruin the reputation you have spent years building.

Fortunately, there are tools out there to help you ensure that your online brand and reputation are where you want them. Here are five tools that offer a good starting point for reputation management. They require some work to really make the most of what they offer. And most of them aren't just one-time usage tools. But if you invest some time in them, they'll really help you massage your reputation.

Note: If you'd prefer to view this information as a blog post, check out this entry in our Five Apps blog.

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About

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website getjackd.net.

11 comments
asotelo
asotelo

...and had to decline, because they were asking me TOO many questions(personal) It got to a point that was uncomfortable. I figured what are they going to do with this info? I contacted them and asked for my account to be taken off.

Eric Hall
Eric Hall

This is certainly a provocative and salient topic for modern times. However it appears that the article may have been mismatched from its intended subject matter? Perhaps simply a switched title from a different article.

miamidon
miamidon

I agree with LalaReads. I think the article was very lean regarding useful recommendations..

LalaReads
LalaReads

First I felt let down because there was hardly anything to this article, nor did I like the presentation method used. It seemed like someone was just trying to show off a new tool they found. Then I read the comments, only to find that about half of them strongly disagree with one recommendation, with no rebuttals from other readers. Since there is no healthy debate regarding the value of this one recommendation I've inferred that TR didn't do its homework and gave poor information. This one recommendation seems to be not only unhelpful, but also one to be avoided. I thought the purpose of sites like TR is that industry insiders distill the gobs of relevant industry information into accurate and useful articles for subscribers. Am I missing something here?

spork66
spork66

I have a this personal page and I have that business page, but I am not about to put hours and hours of time into these, only to have some whatever (do-gooder, go-getter) decide he is better then me and splatter my information or some type of ill-will about me on the almighty WEB. We have gone way far away from the good part about the web to a point where some people have virtually no privacy at all - I will prize my privacy for ever. If I have to rely on programs like this, heaven help me!

john.griffith10
john.griffith10

As stated by trs789 this is another free scam for money.First they ask you for some sign up info then you find out it's a ripoff you can't erase or remove yourself without calling a number

nick
nick

Not really that good as it (like many others) believes that there are no other countries in the world other than the US as I could not enter QLD as my state here in Australia or even London when I lived in England :(

trs789
trs789

another "not free" but advertises to be free app. Does a search and then when it finds something and you tell it to delete- BAM up comes the pay to delete programs. Sick and tired of these scam programs advertising it's free, getting your information and then hitting you with all of their pay-to-play programs. Tech Republic check report what's accurately going on before posting these sites.

da philster
da philster

Would probably be the most effective tool available. I've yet to see Common Sense fail anyone.

Alienwilly
Alienwilly

Stick to documented facts and leave your opinion on the sidewalk outside the building. Your reputation will love you for it.

PhilippeV
PhilippeV

Reputation.com absolutely DOES NOT work if you can't provide any location in US. It absolutely wants that you complete your profile and cannot even check things without it. How can it be complete enough ? Really a bad tool that is completely useless. You can use search engines about yourself, they will reveal much more info.