Something new…

As mentioned in my previous post, I stand for having multiple online identities on a social media platform to protect my privacy. However, after watching a video from Tianyi’s blog, it made me ponder on the issue of authenticity even harder.

The man in the video is seen posting an update every time on his Facebook that does not correspond exactly to what happened in real life. Though the real reason of him doing so is not fully explained but viewers can already guessed it because some of us actually acts like him or know someone that do. He is careful with whatever he shares online because he wants other people to see him in the way he want them to see – in a romantic relationship, have a successful career and enjoying his life in general.

The video shows the ugly truth of how some people behave on social media websites. These people spends time editing their photos and status updates just so that the content is representing the ideal version of themselves. And because everyone wants to be like by others, these people just make everything seem great to get people to give them the thumbs up.

People that are normally happy with their lives will suddenly notice they are missing something and feel miserable when comparing themselves to these people. Maybe our human mind is just not meant to take in so much details of someone else’s life!

With all things considered, I think the biggest problem to owning multiple accounts online is the lack of consistency and credibility. Having so many identities to manage will end up causing us to conflict ourselves in our different profiles and affect the trust people put on us. On the other hand, having a single identity online also does not necessarily mean that is the ‘real’ us we are putting out. We have the choice to leave digital footsteps in any way we want as long we abide to Internet laws and etiquette.

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Online Identity

I would like to assume that most of you have a profile on at least one social media website. Question is, do you maintain two accounts on a single social site?

I wear a mask. And that mask, it is not to hide who I am, but to create what I am.

-Batman

Like Batman, do you switch between different personas?

Below are my viewpoints for and against having multiple online identities.

FOR:

  • Work-Life Separation
    Many employers are increasingly using channels like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to recruit people. A study conducted by Reppler illustrates that 47% of employers actually go on social networking sites to screen prospective employees immediately after receiving their job application. If job seekers do not want an element on their personal page to jeopardize their chances, keeping a separate account for personal and work seems like a smarter choice. They can post, comment and join any communities they want using their personal account without fear that their future employers will judge them or leave an impact in their career.

More info on the study in this infographic:

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  • Avoids Information Overload
    With separate accounts it allows us to control and refine what we want others to see. There are different things about us that our different networks are interested about. We do not post work updates on our personal profiles to bore our friends and we do not share personal photos to let our professional contacts know irrelevant details of our personal life.

AGAINST:

  • Missed Opportunities
    Most of the time when we encountered a work related problem, we will post it on our professional profile. However, this can put us in a disadvantage situation when we missed out people in our personal networks who can help us. Sometimes, the people closest to us can give us the most valuable help because they are the same people who support our dreams, vision and goals.
  • Lacked in Consistency
    When companies market their product, they use a consistent set of practices and strategies to support their goal. Similarly, when we market ourselves to our future bosses or business partners, we have to be consistent so they know what we want to portray ourselves as.

Ultimately, it all comes down to how sensitive you are and how much you personally value privacy. I personally find it hard to determine which method is the right one to follow but I believe having more than one online identity is better because of privacy issues.

What about you guys?

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References:

Life Hacker. 2012. Should I Keep My Personal and Professional Identities Completely Separate Online?. [ONLINE] Available at: http://lifehacker.com/5898370/should-i-keep-my-personal-and-professional-identities-completely-separate-online. [Accessed 03 November 15].

Social Times. 2011. 91% Of Employers Use Twitter, Facebook And LinkedIn To Screen Job Applicants. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/social-media-job-screening/456574. [Accessed 03 November 15].

Jeff Jarvis. 2011. One identity or more?. [ONLINE] Available at: http://buzzmachine.com/2011/03/08/one-identity-or-more/. [Accessed 03 November 15].

Wrapping up

On my previous post, I discussed the characteristics of digital ‘residents’ and ‘visitors’. Having read some of the blog posts on the same topic from my peers, here is what I have learnt:

vr-map-topic-1Cr: Tianyi’s Blog

The Visitor & Resident map is something I did not look into it further while I was doing my research. I stumbled upon Tianyi’s personal V&R map which caught my attention because I find it really relatable and easy to understand. By stating how an individual can use the web for personal or work purposes, it explains that a person experienced in using the web in their private life may not necessarily be as experienced in using it for work.

Before starting this module, I was more of a digital ‘resident’ and kept most of the social media accounts locked to the public. However, I am slowly starting to see how having a professional profile and presence online can be useful and begin to use the web in an academic way. I have done so by creating this blog, set up the ‘about me’ page, a twitter and google plus account which I use to interact with my classmates and lecturers.

If I were to construct a V&R map previously, my plotting points would be cluttered only at the top right quadrant. Now that I am more receptive of being visible online, it would probably be similar to Tian Yi’s if I were to construct one now.

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Here is a video I thought it would be fun to share!

It is a sketch by one of my favorite YouTuber about the reliance of technology.

Hope everyone is ready for the new week~

Are you a ‘resident’ or ‘visitor’ ?

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This is my face when I scroll through my mum’s Facebook and realized how happening her profile page is. (so many more ‘likes’ and comments than me!)

As a young adult living in a developed country, I consider myself as a digital native. I grew up with technology and it comes naturally to me whenever I have to pick up something new about the digital world.

My mum was not immersed in technology at a very early age but her participation on multiple social media platforms has shown that she is able to adapt to the digital environment. Unlike my mum, my dad does not post anything online ever or much less own a Facebook account.

So who is the digital ‘resident’ or ‘visitor’ here?

Digital ‘residents’ are people who incorporates the online world as part of their lifestyle. Other than online banking and shopping services, they often use the web for other purposes such as socializing and expressing themselves. They spend time establishing relationships with others and are likely to believe that they ‘belong’ to a community located in the virtual world. These residents are very visible online and often maintains a persona which they use to share information about their life and work. They view the web as a source for valuable content, ideas and a worthwhile place to put forward an opinion.

Digital ‘visitors’ on the other hand, are people who use to web to complete a certain task like booking air tickets or  research a specific subject. Once the task is completed, they go offline and return to other tasks rather than staying on the web. They choose to be anonymous and do not see a need to maintain an identity or presence. Most visitors are concern about privacy issues and skeptical about the activities online.

There is a common misconception that the younger population are predominantly made up of ‘residents’ and the older population are mostly ‘visitors’. While this seems to be a trend, it actually has nothing to do with one’s age or gender but more on their motivation to engage. My mum is a perfect example to prove this fact. She is reaching 50 but is as passionate about the online culture like many youths my age!

Knowing the characteristics of both, which one are you? Feel free to share your thoughts. 🙂

References:

David White. 2008. TALL blog » Blog Archive » Not ‘Natives’ & ‘Immigrants’ but ‘Visitors’ & ‘Residents’. [ONLINE] Available at: http://tallblog.conted.ox.ac.uk/index.php/2008/07/23/not-natives-immigrants-but-visitors-residents/. [Accessed 29 October 2015].

David White. 2015. Visitors & Residents | Digital – Learning – Culture. [ONLINE] Available at: http://daveowhite.com/vandr/. [Accessed 29 October 15].

David S. White and Alison Le Cornu. 2011. Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement. [ONLINE] Available at: http://firstmonday.org/article/view/3171/3049. [Accessed 29 October 15].

Self-test

I was born into a world where Internet already exists and I spend most of my time on the computer, do I qualify to be a digital literate?

For today’s class, I was told to rate myself on my current level of digital literacy and these were my results ( 1- low, 5- high):

ratings before with comments

It turns out I am not as literate as I expected I would be.

Initially, I thought a digital literate person is simply someone who can read and understands what is on their computer. After reading some definitions on Google, I learnt that a digital literate person actually possesses many more skills like managing, organising, locating and creating information on a broad range of digital devices.

I gave myself low scores on areas like online communities and networks, which both I do not have much experience or knowledge about.

Hopefully during the course of this module, I will get a chance to explore them and increase my scores in all criteria!