What is digital distinction? Well, digital distinction in regards to social media, though it has no official meaning, is describe as:
Digital Distinction(in my own words): It is a description in the development your own internet branding or your internet reputation. It is how you brand yourself online to be unique and how people can find you.
Why is it important to be digitally distinct? The internet is a huge place with a lot of people in it. Many people have similar interests and may even have the same name. You can have a negative or positive distinction. People will look you up in search engines like Google and can get the gist of what type of person you are online or even perhaps, in real life.
If you have a bunch of negative against you, then you could be hurting your reputation and deterring people from your site. You should try looking up your name in Google and seeing what comes up about you. If it is hateful, the beauty is that you can give a rebuttle if the information found is false. However, if you do, it can a risk depending on how you respond, and you should be as diplomatic as possible.
If you do not have any negative marks against you in the search engines, then that is great! You are literally on your way to successfully making yourself unique online. If you have found that you have no negative commentary, try social bookmarking sites like Digg, and StumbleUpon. There are quite a few social bookmarking sites, but remember, a social bookmarking site helps spread the word about your blogging, and thusly, spreading your digital distinction.
To give an example and in-depth look, if anyone were to look up ‘Nile Flores’ in Google, not only is my blog listed first, but about every site I have maintained, or important aspects of my professional life, home life, and online life come up in the search engine. This goes on for the first three pages of results, before even starting to pan out.
The general key to making yourself digitally distinct is being yourself. If you are a bitch or an asshole, then you are, and if you are a somewhat of a sweetie, then go on with your bad self. Make your site reflect you and connect with people who you will fit in. Being digitally distinct is like being unique in real life. If you truly want to be unique, then you will make it happen. No one else can do that for you and it really shows when you do a search about yourself in the search engines.
Here is a fun related link on calculating your digital distinctiveness: Online Identity Calculator.