TO: DUSTIN CALL
FROM: DANIEL J. BLAKELY
SUBJECT: ONLINE REPUTATION
DATE: SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
CC: DR. PRESTON PARKER
I was asked to do an online reputation search on Dustin Call and I gladly accepted the challenge. I love being able to see what social media can tell me about someone and how technology has brought us closer together. In my early attempts in search for Dustin, I did not see the road blocks ahead of me and how, sometimes, the easiest of things can quickly turn to the most difficult endeavors. Nonetheless, after following the breadcrumbs, here is what I have discovered about Dustin Call.
**The research that I used is public information and is able to be duplicated by any layman.
My first impressions of Dustin are that he is very social media savvy and also takes great precautions in revealing himself through these media. One of the greatest road blocks that I came to was the fact that the name is fairly common and a generic search for Dustin Call will yield About 36,500,000 results. Even on the first Google search page nothing points to any page that he is associated with. It was not until I narrowed the search to a specific location i.e. Utah, or California; this is where I started to make some headway. Also, it is important to mention that most people have different aliases when it comes to an online presence and figuring out what their “internet name” is can open a whole new level of “who is…?” In this case, I found that Dustin likes to go by the username of DustinCall_8 or even DustinCall8.
The first thing I was able to find out about Dustin is from Linkedin.com. Through this medium, I was able to start my framing of “who is Dustin Call?” When I search for him, I am more interested in what are his interests, his influencers, and groups that he follows. Everything else like schools, jobs, marital status, and summary are helpful but are used as secondary search topics.
For LinkedIn, I could tell that Dustin has a strong aptitude for fashion and design; he follows companies like Elite Modeling, Ford Models, Inc, Models International, Brinkworth Interior Design and Interior Image Group, to name a few. I can tell from this that Dustin has a strong desire to be enmeshed with the fashion/creative world and has, from his resume, had a job in some form of creative work and even started a business of his own named, Glitz & Glam Home Couture which can be found on Facebook (source: https://www.facebook.com/Glitz-Glam-Home-Couture-263629113668909/timeline/). This would also lead me to believe that if he has a desire for this type of creativity, he would most likely venture into a social medium that enables him to express his potentiality, and this idea lead me to search for him in Pinterest. (source: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dustin-call/48/b97/334)
Searching Pinterest, I found that my assumptions were not too far off. The amount of work that he has put into this is very evident. He has over 1,100 pins and I would say that 95% of them are in regards to fashion or some type of creativity. His followers are lacking and that could be because of lack of advertising or networking with other like-minded artists. I would assume that it is a matter of time before his followers increase dramatically. (source:https://www.pinterest.com/dustincall/)
Now you are probably wondering why I did not jump right to Facebook with my search and there is a perfect explanation for that. Upon doing my research, I came across a blog that Dustin had commented on and he stated, “I set all my profile setting to private and made things hard to find out information about me to see what you could dig up ?!?”(source: http://ahseantehicks.blogspot.com/2015/02/online-reputation.html) And to no surprise, his Facebook is completely locked-up. However, that was for his profile and what I look for is what he forgets to put private. He did put his address in a post that was public and he mentioned he was moving from it (88 N Satsuma Drive in Providence); this was back in November of 2013. I also learned that he loves his mother and has helped her out in many different ways, for instance when he helped her sell her 2002 Chevy Tahoe. He also likes to get a tan and massages. He also mentioned selling his designer pants a few times. (source: https://www.facebook.com/dustincall8)
I found that he has a Google+ account that is rarely used. From what it looks like, he used it to post articles on his blog that are related to a social media class that he was taking at Utah State University. His interest and likes were identical to what I found on LinkedIn and Facebook, so there was not much more to add (http://dustincall.blogspot.com/). He also has a Twitter account that he uses often for personal use (source: https://twitter.com/dustincall_8). I also found deep in the internet his StumbleUpon account; here his StumbleDNA is 49% Art-History. He had the same motif as the rest of his social media content, but now we can narrow in on his interests (source: http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/dustincall8). If time had permitted I would have dug deeper into his social media world, but as I see it, I am content with the information and feel like I have a good picture of “who is Dustin Call.”
In summary, Dustin has done very well for keeping most of his personal social media confidential, with an exception of posting his address. I would suggest for him to take his online reputation to the next step by spreading out his Pinterest page to other media platforms to draw in more followers. I got a sense that he has potential to really take off on his creative fashion sense and design, but I did not see any of his other platforms linking to his Pinterest page. He should blog about some of the designs or fashion that he creates. This would be a great portfolio for a potential employers or the public to catch on.
Here are some profile pics that I was able to associate with Dustin: