Unfriend old social networks in 3 easy steps

 

Last week we looked at the various things you should look out for when you run your own background check. One issue we mentioned is old social media accounts. Think of the MySpace account you haven’t updated in five years but still sits open. Is that information you still want out there about yourself? friendster

In the spirit of spring cleaning, we thought it a good time to highlight the best ways to clean up those old social media accounts from your past life that have been lying dormant but are still part of your public record.

Here are some easy steps to take to spring clean your social media presence:

1. Start by reviewing this helpful list of social networks that should help jog your memory. If you only have a handful, then logging in and manually deleting the accounts shouldn’t be too difficult, assuming you can remember the passwords. Remember to actually delete them and not just deactivate them, though.

2. However, you may have trouble even remembering all the social media accounts you have opened since high school or earlier. In order to see the full picture, you can complement a basic Google search with a background check on your public record.

3. Consider a service like Persona that helps manage your online reputation. These services will not only find your old accounts, but will also scan your active ones, such as Facebook and Twitter, for unsavory content that may harm people’s perceptions of you on the web.

As we’ve blogged about before, your online footprint is a double-edged sword. It takes work to manage your online reputation, especially if like some of us, you’ve been online for decades now.

What is the oldest social media account you still
have open? Friendster? Bebo? Let us know in the comments.

3 Must-Reads on the Epic Google Ruling

 

As a company focused on making it easier for the average person to conduct a background check, we’ve been following the EU ruling that individuals have the “right to be forgotten” when it comes to search engine results with some interest.  As Google begins complying with the new law,  it is worth considering the implications, even if a similar ruling has yet to make it to our shores.  shhh

With an individual’s right to request removal from a search engine, might this make the ability to search public records even more valuable? Should this apply equally to those with criminal records and those with merely unpleasant embarrassments from their past? We don’t have the answers, but think it merits more attention.

Here are some links to get you caught up on this fascinating case, and remember, BeenVerified respects your privacy. Individuals have always had the right to opt out of our search results by request.

What Europe’s Right to be Forgotten Means For Google (and You)

Pedophile, politician and unpopular doctor among those who want Google to forget them 

What Google Must Forget: The EU Ruling on the Right to be Forgotten 

What do you think about this ruling? How might it affect your ability to search or be searched?  Let us know in the comments.

What’s hiding in your background check?

 

A common use of BeenVerified.com’s background check service is the self-check. Sometimes concerned, but often just curious people will “BeenVerify” themselves to know what’s out there. Just as your doctor recommends self-examinations to monitor your physical health, so should you monitor and be aware of your online reputation. Simply put, you should know what’s in your public record.

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We’ll take a closer look at some of the following items that may show up in your own public record in future blog posts and what, if any, response might be appropriate. Here are some things you might find in your search:

1. Current and Historical Addresses  BeenVerified.com is a popular destination for those looking to update their address books. Make sure your current residence is accurately listed in case old friends want to get back in touch. If you’re a homeowner, you may want to ensure your home’s vital statistics are listed accurately to ensure the correct value.

2. Criminal Records  We’ve covered how to interpret and understand criminal records in detail in the past. If you have a criminal record, there are ways to present yourself in the best possible light as we will examine in a future post. And remember, employers are barred from using BeenVerified to screen for employment or tenancy by the Fair Credit and Reporting Act (FCRA).

3. Bankruptcies, tax liens and civil judgments All three of these events can appear in your public record. It’s important these events are updated to reflect current realities of your situation. For example, an unpaid tax lien can appear on your public record for ten years after the fact and affect credit decisions for years later. If there is an inaccuracy in your public record, then you should dispute it and get it corrected.

4. Social media accounts  You may not be overly concerned if your primary social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter show up as part of your public record, as they are usually intentionally left public. But what about that old MySpace or LiveJournal account? You may decide after running a self-check that it’s time to do a social media account clean up. We’ll go into detail on some of the best ways to do that in a future post.

5. Incomplete Information  Public records do not come from one data source but disparate sources across the country from different states and municipalities. If you can’t find something you’re looking for, it may because it’s not yet been digitised. In that case, you may be interested in learning more about BeenVerified’s court runner service.

Don’t stay curious–run a background check on yourself  now with BeenVerified.com and take action if needed.

If you’ve run a check on yourself and have questions let us know in the comments section below.

Check Out the New BeenVerified!

Over the past couple months, we’ve been working pretty hard on a thorough BeenVerified redesign. Now, we’re proud to announce that our work has paid off: announcing a new, more awesome-looking BeenVerified!

Our users still receive the same services, such as background reports and reverse phone checks. However, now you can navigate through BeenVerified a little easier, such as viewing all your reports in a drop-down box and checking out your recent activity right when you sign-in. Plus, we’ve revamped our press page as well as our team section so you can get to know us better. Continue reading

How Social Sharing & Google+ Brand Pages Can Improve Customer Relationships

Only a week after launch in November, 61 percent of the world’s most popular brands and companies were already utilizing Google+ as a form of social sharing. Although the results may vary based on the particular brand, the base message is simple: we are continuing to utilize the social Web as a way to connect with consumers and formulate our brand.

With Google+ joining the social networking atmosphere, it gives brands another reason to deal the transparency card into their overall business model. Think about it this way: the more open you are with consumers, the more they will trust you, which could lead into more loyal relationships. Whether you’re a small mom and pop organization or a giant dating site, full transparency is never a bad thing.

So, how can brands, big and small, embrace social sharing on Google+, while at the same time providing full transparency? Continue reading

Google’s Good to Know Campaign – People Want to Know What is Out There

As the Web progresses, people are going to demand more transparency and more control over their data. Google plays a huge role in this, as they are the ultimate gatekeepers of the information available on the Web. When it comes to public records, BeenVerified plays a very similar role. We are excited to see that Google is educating people through their Good to Know campaign on their end, and we plan to continue to work on educating people on public records. Continue reading

Opting-Out of BeenVerified

BeenVerified offers a fast and simple method to opt-out of our search databases. Please send an email to support@beenverified.com and supply the following information.  The only reason we request this information is to help our removal team locate the correct records you would like removed.  We do not sell or use it in any other way.

  • Your name as shown on our site
  • Your Age
  • Current address (City, State, Zip)
  • Previous addresses
  • Listed Relatives
Please note that we cannot guarantee like or similar records from reappearing in the future. Public records come from multiple sources and are constantly being updated and there is no one universal system for identifying individuals that can provide a total opt out. If a like or similar record appears in the future, please feel free to simply email us and we will remove that as well.
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Not All Reviews Are Created Equal

I love my wife very much, but like most couples, there are certain characteristics that make me feel like we are the subject of a certain Paula Abdul hit single from her debut album “Forever Your Girl.” One prime example is our feelings toward “user reviews.” Jessica will automatically read all the reviews before making any decision, ranging from restaurant choice, selecting an exterminator, to selecting a hotel. While she can be somewhat discerning about individual reviews, ultimately they have a direct impact on her actions.

I, for the most part, could care less about user reviews. Parts of the reason are natural personality traits and the other has to do with the process of leaving a review itself. My wife asked why “I care a lot about Airbnb reviews” while I “refuse to even look at a Yelp review.” Well, the real reason is simple: not all reviews are created equal. Let’s break this down a little bit: Continue reading

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I Found You on Ripoff Report- You Must be a Rip-Off

As an avid user of the Internet, I always do research before signing up for a web service. (If I would list all of the Internet services I have ever signed up for, the list would literally be a mile long.) One popular place for researching the trustworthiness of a business is a popular site called “Ripoff Report.”

The idea of Ripoff Report is to give a voice to any consumer who felt taken advantage of by a business. A service like this comes with its own set of strengths and weaknesses, just as any business does. You can read a myriad of opinions about it all over the Web. However, the purpose of this blog post is to address the various complaints you will find on the site about BeenVerified. Continue reading