Online reputation is a growing concern for individuals and businesses. The world of social media gives people the sense they are anonymous or safe to say whatever they wish, sometimes just to get attention.
For accomplished individuals who operate in or near the top of their field, reputation can be critical. Particularly in cases where one is a public figure, disparaging comments, when amplified, can have lasting, damaging effects. A trombonist for the Cleveland Orchestra recently brought a defamation suit against two detractors who he claims engaged in such a smear online.
Information speeds across the world on the internet at an unprecedented volume not encountered at any time in the world’s history. We all know that not all of it is positive; in fact, some of it is false and malicious. If you have ever found information on the internet about yourself that you disagree with, is it defamatory?
Mug shots fascinate many people. Whether it’s a historic hot take after the apprehension of a mobster or a celebrity making a bad decision, everyone is familiar with the photos that accompany an arrest. While they’re often associated with convicted criminals, it’s easy to forget that a mug shot is taken of anyone at the time of their arrest. A mug shot is a photo record of an arrest—but not a conviction of any wrongdoing.
When you were fourteen years old, you contributed to an online forum. You made several inappropriate comments that seemed funny at the time. But now you are seventeen and applying to college. Colleges will not like what they see if they search your name online. Are you able to remove the content you posted online when you were fourteen?
We live in a world filled with technology. It is literally at our fingertips. There are definite benefits to technology. We can keep in touch with friends and family across the globe. If we get lost while driving, we can pull over and bring up step by step directions. There are recipes, research and supplies at the convenient click of a mouse.
When you hear the word “brand,” you may think of a specific company, the field of marketing or even picture a specific logo. However, brands are not only for large corporations. Each individual, including you, is stamped with a personal brand. Managing your brand takes work, and failing to look into, and improve, your brand can have negative consequences in both your professional and personal lives.
For most businesses, online reviews are a part of life. They appear across the Internet. Facebook, Google and Yelp are some of the more widely viewed review platforms. It is clear that these reviews influence consumers' decisions in everything from what products to buy to what restaurants to dine at to where to get an oil change.
In recent years, Yelp has come to replace asking your friends for dining and shopping recommendations. Even beyond millennials, most of us have used the platform for coffee or bar suggestions, usually paying attention to the star rating and top reviews. But what if some of those reviews are false and potentially defamatory?