According to Wikipedia, Cyberstalkers (cyberbullies/cyberharrasers) “threaten a victim’s earnings, employment, reputation and/or safety using things like Weblogs, industry forums or boards and commercial Web sites.
One of the ways you can protect yourself online is to be active on social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. If you use these tools to build your reputation, to help those in need and show that you genuinely care about others, people will soon begin to trust and depend on you. Then, if someone tries to blacken your reputation or write untrue stories about you, your friends and contacts can leap to your defense.
Another way is to add yourself to people search and reputation management tools, such as www.yasni.ca .
This new tool, launched in 2008, states “So many people are unaware of what personal information is actually available on the Internet, and Yasni offers a fun and exciting way of keeping track of your own and others online reputation.”.
By searching for your profile online, you can see what type of content leads directly to you that people might be using in their efforts to harass you.
In his Blog on Forbes.com, expert in Online Reputation Management Andy Beal has written down 11 unwritten laws dealing with online reputation. Which actually means that now they are no longer unwritten…Anyway, many people (above all Yasnians aware of their reputation) should know about these rules already. Problematic in my opinion is the fact that no difference is made between persons and companies in these 11 laws. Tips on how to manage and cultivate the online reputation may very well differ.
However, these laws suit well as a base for discussion. So here they are: the 11 Unwritten Laws of Reputation Management:
1. Everyone has an online reputation.
2. Your reputation is an extension of your character.
3. Every reputation has a weak spot.
4. Listen and react to criticism and problems.
5. Listen to the majority and find fans.
6. Interact with your customers where they are
7. Give your customers the chance of direct communication.
8. Your reputation will be attacked sooner or later.
9. Saying sorry may save you money.
10. Three mistakes concerning your reputation and you’re out.
11. The laws of Reputation Management will change.
What do you think? Some of the points apply to both: persons and companies. But still as mentioned earlier a differentiation is important when setting up laws.
With the beginning of the new year we present the latest results of our series Awards for exceptional Yasni Exposés. Tedora, our VIP 1 International has published the long-awaited voting results of the Tedora Award for the fourth quarter 2010. The voting counted 40.000 votes. The awarding has taken place as a Christmas gift on Christmas Eve.
Here are the results of the awarding for the fourth quarter in detail :
Platinum for Dirk Weeber (Thailand)
Gold for Sylvia Mitterer (Austria)
Silver for Eckart E. Glüer (Germany)
Silver for Manuella Muerner-Marioni (Switzerland)
Bronze forr Ute Schönherr (Germany)
Congratulations to all award winners!
Please note that the next awarding will take place at the beginning of April 2011.
Here are the latest award nominations for the first quarter 2011:
Bruno Würtenberger (Switzerland)
Daniela Pellen (Germany)
Ingrid Maria Haimerl (Germany)
Martin Halter (Switzerland)
You’ll find arguments for the nomination here. Just take a look around, check out the nominees and of course vote for them if you like.
Have fun participating in the voting and a Happy New Year 2011 to all of you.
Yours, Bernard Bonvivant, author of the novel „Das Chaos”, VIP 1 Germany