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Andy Leonard is an author and engineer who enjoys building and automating data integration solutions. Andy is co-host of the Data Driven podcast. Andy is no longer updating this blog. His current blog is

SQLU Professional Development Week: The Difference Between Your Business and Community Presence

Published Wednesday, February 23, 2011 8:00 AM by andyleonard

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dmmaxwell said:

Couldn't agree more. I'm pretty open and honest about who I am, and it hasn't hurt my career yet. I thought long and hard before making the latest changes to my online profiles, but I'm satisfied with them.  I'm aware that my current employer keeps tabs on my social media profiles, and I'm fine with that.

One thing I will say is that I go out of my way, if you couldn't tell already, to NOT mention my employer or any clients by name during my tenure with them.  And usually after as well.  We've all had our frustrations, but venting about your employer on twitter or facebook is usually a career ending move. (Though that may be a bit off-topic at this point.) :-)

Thanks for the post - one of my favorites.

February 23, 2011 8:52 AM

andyleonard said:

Hi Dmmaxwell,

  I occasionally mention clients and my employer (especially now that *I* and my employer!). Since I started blogging I've maintained a standing rule of putting one year between any event and blogging about it. I find that year adds much needed perspective.


February 23, 2011 8:58 AM

DavidStein said:

Whenever we talk about this kind of thing I'm always reminded of a quote from The Color Of Money.

“He’s got to learn how to be himself, but on purpose.” – Paul Newman

Great post Andy.

February 23, 2011 9:29 AM

Pradeep Adiga said:

Well said Andy. Couldn't agree more.

February 23, 2011 1:46 PM

Jorge Segarra said:

Great post as always Andy! Couldn't agree more with "be yourself" advice. I REALLY like your method of waiting a year between blogging events dealing with a particular client/employer. Another key lesson is to remember the Internet has a LONNNNNG memory ( and what you say and do online will essentially define who you are to those who haven't met you. And let's not forget where our tweets are going...(

February 23, 2011 9:50 PM

John Sterrett said:

Great post Andy.

February 27, 2011 9:45 AM

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