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Online identity and privacy

Multiple Online Identities (Topic 2)

There’s no question that online identities are rapidly changing but is it for the better? Digital identity is important because it is a part of how we are perceived by others (Costa & Torres, 2011). The question is, as internet users, do our social network pages, browsing history etc. together form one digital identity or are they separate? And does this depend on the access someone has to your individual identities. Continue reading →

On the internet, nobody knows if you’re a dog?!

‘Your online identity is the sum or your characteristics and interactions’ with different websites. The humorous adage ‘on the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog’ created by Peter Steiner referred to a time when our online identity could remain separate from our real lives, however, now many people are pushing for authentic, transparent online identities which truly reflect the user. At the same time, others have multiple identities across Twitter/ Facebook/ Tumblr etc. Continue reading →

Topic 2: The one or many faces of . . . ?

Who are you? Who are you online? Are you the same to everyone?  (, 2011) ‘Online identity’? Is “problematic in that its definition is so broad” (Warburton, 2010, p.8). Marcus et al’s (2006, p.1014) definition was the first I found; “actively constructed presentation of oneself”. While this is useful, Krotoski (2012) suggested the complexity of balance, through managing an “aggregated version of offline past, the online present and combined future”. Continue reading →

Topic 2: Discuss the arguments for and against having more than one online identity

UOSM 2033 – Topic 2: Discuss the arguments for and against having more than one online identity What is an online identity? The first step in this discussion is to ascertain what is meant by a digital identity, a difficult task given the broadness of the concept at hand. Warburton (2010) uses a spectrum of examples, ranging from simple authentication of an online banking transaction using a unique code, to online personas lived out through blogs or Facebook, with self-controlled exposure. Continue reading →

Multiple Online Identities?

In our day-to-day lives it’s illegal to have multiple identities, so why should we be allowed them online? photo credit: clappstar via photopin cc The Internet is becoming a bigger part of our lives every day, the separation between online and offline life is becoming ever more blurred. Social media has been so widely adopted that it is now engrained into society. The days of phoning up friends to share news have been replaced by posting a tweet. Continue reading →

Topic 2: “Who am I then?”

Online identity: the sum of the characteristics and interactions you make online. These may be personal identities, created by you or profiles made for you. We always need to be careful with what we leave behind on the web, being conscious of our digital footprint. We must pay attention to our online identity, and therefore be aware of how we display ourselves to others via the web. One comment can cause damage to our reputation, affecting our everyday life. Continue reading →

Help! I’ve Stolen Someone’s Online Identity!

Online Identity: The ability for individuals to interact online without sacrificing their personal privacy is a vital part of the Internet’s value, and is intimately related to its trustworthiness. [1] Upon reading the question; ‘Discuss the arguments for and against having more than one online identity’, my initial thoughts were ‘Oh, this is going to be another discussion about the dangers of facebook and online shopping. Continue reading →


So for the very first time this evening, I am sitting down and attempting to write a post on my brand new blog! It was a little trickier to set up than I had imagined (despite watching the handy tutorial), but I am almost there and hopefully this will soon start to look a little less amateur! Anyway, this blog is set up especially for my new University module – “Living and working on the web,” so watch this space for all my posts on the fascinating issues connected with our... Continue reading →