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Who do you think I am?

Peter Steiner’s cartoon depicts the separation between real life and the old web (Krotoski, 2012), but does this distinction still exist today? Virtual networks were developed in the early 60s. During this time users took a more passive role of simply accessing and consume resources (Costa and Torres, 2011). The previous decade has seen a shift of the role of users within the web, now taking a role of increased interaction through social networking and participation (ibid. Continue reading →

Discuss the arguments for and against having more than one online identity.

According to Internet Society “Your identity is the sum of your characteristics, including your birthplace and birthday, the schools you attended, your shoe size… [etc.]”. These things make up who you are and what you do. Online identity differs from real world identity due to the way people present themselves and the way they interact on the internet compared to real life. Partial identities are all these different representations that make up your identity. Continue reading →

Online Identity

“on the internet, no one knows you’re a dog” (Krotoski, 2012) To me, this phrase summarises the endless possibilities that the internet provides us with. The internet allows us to create as many social ‘identities’ as we want. Essentially, an online identity is the set of characteristics that define you online and make you distinguishable from other users. Each different representation of you online is known as a partial identity (, 2016). Continue reading →

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

  Having an online identity is arguably a very recent notion in today’s society. (2011) gives the definition that your online identity is “the sum of your characteristics and interactions – it is not the same as your real-world identity because the characteristics you represent online differ from the characteristics you represent in the physical world”. Continue reading →

Topic 2: Hidden, fake or multiple online identities?

  I find the words of online identity being described as the ‘best version of ourselves’ and ‘becoming a brand more than a personality’ said by Chase, from the above video, to be very powerful. It opens up the issues of the fact users are becoming controlled online increasingly, as we not only want to fit into the society we live in but also the world wide web. Continue reading →

Should you have multiple online identities – or any at all?

Online identity is the public information shared about a person and it is proving to be evermore important in the modern day, especially with a lot of first impressions being from social media or online activity. Due to this, it is with increasing importance that we understand that what we share about ourselves online is publicly available not just to friends but to potential future employers. Continue reading →

Topic 2: Online Identity, Is there More than Meets the Eye?

In this post I will be looking at the concept of online identity. This topic is interesting, because everyones online life is like an onion, in which there are many layers that form your overall identity. From Facebook, to your Google searches these all make up your online identity and define you in the online world. Your online identity is built up from what you look at and what you interact with while online. Continue reading →

Create a ‘false-self’ to find ‘your-self’

Nowadays, having an online identity is simply unavoidable. It happens as soon as you create an email account, log into a fitness app, sign up to Facebook or even buy something from Amazon. The definition of online identity can be quite hard to pin down – essentially it is the information that distinguishes you from everyone else and some of this information can change over time (, 2016). Continue reading →