Stacy's Picks – about.me – Create Your Internet Identity
|Published:||Feb 10, 2013|
If you’re among the majority of professionals who do business online, you have accounts, blogs and profiles spread across a wide range of social media. Creating and maintaining your own personal Internet identity apart from your company’s brand may be more important to your success than you realize. That’s where about.me comes in to help.
Whether your focus is personal or professional, about.me gives you the tools you need to create an individual “splash page” — think of it as an online business card — allowing you to easily share a short bio and links to any social networks, websites or online projects you’re involved with.
Reportedly, several million about.me pages have been created to date, and it may become so popular that everyone will have one to integrate into their email signature or embed in their blogs. This will make it simple for your friends and followers to learn more about you, opening the window of possibility to connect through other social media venues.
Customizing the page’s layout and content is a surprisingly intuitive process and you’ll have your page up and running in minutes, even if you’re not so technically inclined. Along with your bio and website URLs, you can also include buttons that link to sites like your Twitter, LinkedIn, or Tumblr profiles for example, or add quick links to your Flickr, Instagram or YouTube content, or share your Facebook, Google+ or any other blog with visitors who want to know more about you.
It works both ways; you can likewise share your about.me page on other sites just as easily, so your friends and acquaintances from one social network can catch up with your activities across other networks and blogs. What’s more, about.me has teamed up with MOO.com to offer actual business cards customized with your photo and contact information at a very affordable price.
Recently, about.me launched out from under AOL as an independent company and word is quickly spreading, so I encourage you to head over and sign up for your about.me page while your name is still available!
Stacy Reed is Tucows' resident software librarian and editor. She has been reviewing PC and mobile software as well as web services for over a decade. Helping developers improve and promote their products is only one of her areas of expertise. Stacy is also an advocate for Open Source, Creative Commons and freeware, taking special interest in educational resources, social media, cloud sharing, and mobile technology.