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Reflection on Topic 2

After reading a variety of other student’s responses to this topic it became clear that many people had similar views to me. I did not expect quite so many people to bring up the point of MTV’s ‘Catfish’, however I think that this illustrates just how much of a concern it is in today’s society. Almost everyone seemed to agree that in terms of professionalism it is a good idea to keep your social life (i.e. Facebook) separate from your professional accounts such as LinkedIn. Continue reading →

Reflective Summary : Create a ‘false-self’ to find ‘your-self’

I must admit, I enjoyed this topic more than last weeks. What was interesting to see from other blogs was a lot of people got confused between multiple separate online identities and multiple partial identities.  So in my blog I tried to highlight the distinction with a graphic I made myself and talked about the costs and benefits of both – although initially I couldn’t find a good reason why someone would have another separate online identity. Continue reading →

Consequences of several online identities

Online identity is your personality visible to the online world. It is constructed by partial identities, which are a subset of characteristics making up your [online] identity (Internet Society, 2015). Many internet users prefer to maintain a professional, alongside a social online identity. I will examine the advantages and disadvantages of having multiple online identities. Possessing several online identities is beneficial as it can spread out your name. Continue reading →

Me, Myself and The Internet

Who am I? My Facebook profile will tell you I am Kevin Irikefe, as would my Twitter, LinkedIn and even this very blog page but within each of these social media sites, I portray different aspects of myself, these are my personas. Your online identity is a collection of all these different personas you build on the internet. Each persona will more than likely contain consistent information about yourself, but there are characteristics of yourself that one site may contain and another may not. Continue reading →

Who REALLY are you?

Do you wear the online mask? In an increasingly digitally driven age, our personal online identities essentially shape the way we interact within our society; they are our own personal gateways to socialising, networking and they are how we put our ‘best foot forward’ so to speak in order to display ourselves in the best light. They can be quick and easy tools to inform friends and family about upcoming events, birthdays, or even who you’re in a relationship with. Continue reading →

Having more than one online identity: More authentic or more vulnerable?

When searching for sources under the broad topic of ‘digital identity’, I came across an interesting metaphor – it was suggested that our digital identity is the permanent collection of data about us that is available online, that is, a digital ‘tattoo’ (Binary Tattoo). And it is striking to note that almost all activities that are based on using web tools and applications are actually ways of creating our digital identities, even when they are not intended (Torres and Costa, 2011). Continue reading →

Should we have more than one Online Identity?

  (Leverage,2015) Introduction There is a clear disparity between our online and real-world identities where we represent different characteristics on the internet compared to the physical world (Internet Society, 2016). Our online identity reflects our characteristics and any form of interaction on the internet. This ranges from allowing individuals to keep their professional lives separate from their work lives, to people manipulating their true persona to become an identify thief. Continue reading →

Too many ‘me’?

Online identity can be a problem. Much to the dismay of vast numbers of the online population, there is no real way to choose who sees which aspect of your online identity, which can be socially or professionally troublesome. So what is the solution? Should you create more than one online identity and flit between them when the need arises? No, you shouldn’t. In my opinion, and experience, at least. But I’ll get to that. Continue reading →

Are you who you say you are?

When identifying one’s personal online identity, there are a variety of forms that come to mind: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc. These pages are a self-designed representation of yourself, in a way that you wish to be perceived. As you are the creator of your online identity, there may be a lack of authenticity. Due to the public nature of the internet, there can be a tendency for individuals to manipulate their profile in a manner they feel is more acceptable to viewers. Continue reading →

Topic 2: Is It Good or Bad of Having Many online identities

Nowadays, people have already went into digital era. For many people, internet is not just a tool when they need to use anymore. Internet has gradual became a “world”. Aleks Krotoski said the old web, a place where identity could remain separate from real life, is rapidly disappearing from the computer screen. People willing to set up the online identities and live in the internet “world” which connect to their real life. Continue reading →

Topic 2 – Online Identity – Are we Ourselves on the Internet?

The concept of online identity is immediately relatable to idea of identity itself. As such, in order discuss the positive and negative aspects of having multiple online identities it is of paramount importance to first ascertain what is meant by ‘identity’. According to the Oxford English dictionary, Identity can be defined as, ‘the fact of being who or what a person or thing is’. Continue reading →

Topic 2: Online Identity

We are always told we should be careful what we post online and what we allow people to see because of potential employers who are likely to search your name. So in order to present yourself and maintain a good reputation online. Being able to control your privacy settings permits you to control the way you present yourself to those employers. Forbes has an article on how your online reputation can damage your chances of finding a job and how you can screen it. Continue reading →

“Privacy has Been Privatised”

In a world where our personal and private data is becoming more open and accessible, the monetisation of our digital footprint by some of the world’s biggest online companies has lead to a huge lack of privacy. However, is this the tradeoff for clarity online? “Your online identity is the sum of your characteristics & interactions.” This is the definition given by ‘Internet Society. Continue reading →

Who are You?

With every action we take online we begin to create a picture of ourselves, whether this is intentional or not. Artist Jonty Hurwitz was able to encapsulate this idea in his piece ‘The Meta Ego’ (displayed below) and provides a brief explanation in this video. The face represents our online identity and is comprised of ‘strips’ that could be classified as our partial identities, profiles and personas (Internet Society, 2016). Continue reading →

Topic Two – More is better? The arguments for and against having multiple online identities

In this day and age you don’t have to be an MI5 agent to legally have multiple identities. While some domains, such as facebook, are creating a greater demand for authentic identities there are many movements to increase online anonymity levels and create a persona which can remain “separate from real life” (Krotoski 2012). There are many reasons people may choose to have multiple online identities, with the main intention being to contain certain aspects to one identity. Continue reading →

Topic 2

Discuss the arguments for and against having more than one online identity. Online identities are the way in which people choose to represent themselves on the internet.  Some people choose to display their true selves online while others prefer to remain anonymous. There are also people who choose to have multiple online identities when interacting with the internet. In 2013 the website popular science made the decision to disable the ability to post comments. Continue reading →

How many identities do you have?

Some individuals enjoy the benefits of a strong online identity whilst others worry about the information that may be publicly available. Our online identities however are based on information that we have provided through social media, our browsing history and information that we have given out through online forms. This identity may not reflect the characteristics that we may have in real life. Continue reading →

What’s this all about then? Topic 2: Managing your online identity

  Online Identities, What’s this all about then? As defined by Oxford Dictionaries; an identity is ‘the characteristics determining who or what a thing or person is.’ In the ‘offline world’ these characteristics are relatively easy to identify, for example, one can see the hairstyle of somebody simply offline by merely looking at them, but online an avatar depicting someones face on their twitter may not be an accurate representation of themselves. Continue reading →