Topic 2: Reflective Summary

Managing multiple online identities ….. Yes or No?

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Similarly to the first topic, I was taken aback when we were instructed to discuss on this topic. First thought which strike my mind – What am I supposed to write?! Never did I know, after watching the videos, articles and conducting independent research, I gained plentiful knowledge about online identities 🙂 q

Originally, I couched towards the negative side as to whether a person should have multiple online identities. After browsing through different blog posts, my thoughts about multiple online identities wavered.

Millions-Social-Media-IconsWith reference to Ryan’s blog, he mentioned that this might create opportunities for individuals to develop a clear distinction between professional and personal profile. This has allowed me to realize the fact that there’re many reasons as to why people choose to maintain multiplex identities such as enhancement of themselves and bringing themselves closer to the virtual world.

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The increasing introduction of new social platforms such as LinkedIn encourage people to develop their professional portfolio online. This bring me to another point from Tianyi’s Blog – Well it’s definitely true that more employers are beginning to recruit employees due to lower costs and increased access to information online. Our job might be our future, and our future depends on who we are on the internet. We all want to be seen as professional and reliable workers and owning multiple online identities will come into good use.

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Additionally, it’s might also serve as an advantage for women who shop online. As mentioned on Andrea’s blog, our online activities will allow the shop to develop a clearer profile of us and provide a personalized experience.

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Even though, I’m no longer strongly against the point of having multiple identities but I still stress on the importance of managing personal information which will help to protect a person’s identity.

In concluding this topic, it’s not necessarily a bad side to multiple identities, and maybe I should consider creating more social networks for myself? 😉 554923301_120210_Objectives_Yea_or_Nay_300x300_answer_2_xlarge

Review:

  • Before – Managing multiple online identities – 70% (NO) & 30% (YES)
  • After – Managing multiple online identities – 40% (NO) & 60% (YES)

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Hi Jamie,

After looking through your post, I realized that we share different points regarding owning multiplex online identities 

Towards your point of separating professional and personal uses, I totally agree with it! Different people have different personality, and different ways of portraying themselves towards different possessions.

However, as the web is getting increasingly communicable, this also point to fact that it’s getting increasingly dangerous. By cause of, this also provide increased opportunities for individuals to leverage on the personal or sensitive information and might even misuse it. For example, you mentioned about cyber-bullying in your post, and it have caused emotional turbulence.

In my opinion, I feel that it’s absolutely fine if a person chose to maintain multiple identities however they must possess knowledge of how to protect their information from misappropriate uses. As you’re a frequent internet user and have multiple social networks, you have to keep in mind that you’re responsible for keeping your sensitive information protected! You might not have did it over the years, but it’s never too late to start now! Try and visit this website to see if it helps; https://www.eff.org/wp/effs-top-12-ways-protect- your-online-privacy 🙂

Feel free to get back to me about my critiques on your blog! Till then 🙂

Photo Credits: 

  • (CR; http://shesgotsystems.com/2013/10/what-masks-are-you-wearing/)
  • (CR; http://www.newszou.com)
  • (CR; http://www.jobscan.co)
  • (CR; https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141021095912-326097075-get-satisfied-by-shopping-online-for-jewelry-and-party-wear)

Topic 2: Managing multiple online identities

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Online identity accredit to the assembling of information about an individual over the web which is different from the real-world identity. This online identity can be constructed consciously or sub-consciously – Established by the individual themselves by succumbing to social networks or generated using identifier which depicts partial identities about a person. Actually, a person doesn’t decide how many identities he/she has over the web. In the latest technology, web uses identifiers such as search history to frame an overall silhouette about an individual.

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[Should a single maintain multiplex online identities? ]

An individual creates multiple extensive online identities about themselves by attesting to several social network accounts. Managing multiple identities may not necessarily be a bad thing as, firstly, an individual can draw a distinct clear line between personal and professional identity (Forbes.com). Secondly, it serve as an opportunity for marketers/online business to target the right goods and services at the right person which is known as behavioral targeting. Thirdly, it helps to prevent against online fraud and especially changes in online behavior will draw closer attention to internet deceit. In contrary to this, should an individual create an anonymous or authentic online identity? This is no longer under an individual’s control as the evolution of technology such as Facebook has successfully created a link between online and offline identity. As the saying goes about online identity – “You’re who you’re and what you do”. No matter how hard they try to impersonate, their online activities will ultimately reveal their real identity. In my opinion, I feel that if a person wants to build online identity, they should ensure that it’s non-anonymous and legitimate. If they are concerned with the privacy of data, they can capitalize on the technology/methods such as using 2 factor authentication or installing plugs-in to prevent the disclosure of private information.

[So, how to keep your online identity safe?]

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[Conflicting views to managing multiple online identities? ]

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Most people ascertain that if more information are being revealed, there’s a higher probability that information might be exploited due to the presence of identity theft. Identity theft arises when someone handles your information such as credit card number for fraudulent uses. Identity theft can take place in various ways such as spam & phishing and parallel lives. Additionally, in the latest times, one click can allow you to search for every single information you require. If you do not maintain a clean profile of your identity, it might adversely impact your reputation. Therefore, for myself, I prefer to maintain minimum amount of online information about myself over the web as I believe that exposing too much information can lead to information misuse.

References

TOPIC 1: Reflective Summary

Honestly speaking, when the topic was first thrown at me, I totally had no idea on what was it about and I thought that it will be very stale to be writing on this. Never did I know that this module would enlighten me so much on human being so absorbed into technology. Additionally, after reading through most of my classmates’ blog posts about “Digital Visitors” and “Digital Residents”, I realized that it have increased my knowledge as they have explained in-depth about it.

Additionally, now that I have read more about this topic, I start to question myself whether category do I belong to as I still go online to complete tasks and communicate with people via technologies such as WhatsApp and Snapchat.

Before I touched base with this question, I would have categorized everybody under technology users but now I understand the different purposes people uses internet and why they are categorized under 2 kinds of technology users – Digital Visitors and Digital Residents.

Venezia’s Post;

In Venezia’s post, she stated the difference between “Digital Visitors” and “Digital Residents” in a comprehensive form whereby I could easily understand where is she coming from. Furthermore, she capitalised on her own online experience to explain the differences which is very in-depth and relatable. Her post have sparked my interest in this topic and it make me want to continue reading on about this topic.

Jamie’s Post:

In Jamie’s post, she discussed that “Digital Visitors” refer to individuals who simply go online to get a certain task accomplished and will not revisit the web again. To help us in understanding what does this mean, she used examples such as online shopping (Style Nanda), whereby individual will just buy what they want and not visit the web again. As for “Digital Residents”, she related to renowned bloggers such as Xiaxue and Naomi who uses the web to build strong online identity about themselves. By using examples like that, it have clearly helped in the explanation of the topic.

In conclusion, after reading other blog posts about this topic and module, I feel that there’s really a lot to learn from this and I’m glad that we were given a chance to undertake this module. This have also ignite my interest in writing and reading other people work as different people argue differently and provide a greater scope of understanding regarding the topic.

Topic 1: Concept of “Visitors” Vs “Residents” #mang2049

Concept of “Digital Visitors” and “Digital Residents”

What’s “Visitors” Vs “Residents”?

Residents refers to individuals who engage in the internet for almost everything and spend almost all their time on it for example – Communicating with their peers/family through all types of social networking sites which is also known as social presence.

Visitors refers to individuals who only go online to complete certain tasks and spend little time on the internet for example – Transferring money online and going online to purchase products or services.

According to research, the lines between visitors and residents are blurring as people are increasingly associated with internet. (@daveowhite) A saying – Everywhere you go, you see people using their mobile phones surfing the net also known as tech-slave.

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What do I categorize myself as? – Digital Natives because I was born into the world of technology, where everything was related to technology. However, I did not like the idea of relating every single thing in life to technology which is why I have never really associated myself with social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Blogs.

For older adults, they are considered as Digital Immigrant because they had to learn about it before knowing how to use it. In the latest times, I feel that even adults are better at it than me as they are really adapting fast such as knowing how to use Facebook.

My own online experiences – As I have mentioned above, I’m not a person who is into technology and I will just simply chuck my phone aside unless there’s important things to attend to. I prefer communicating with people face to face instead of talking through an object. I don’t use social networking sites as I don’t believe in posting my things online and share it with everyone, till the rising importance of having a social network site, if not you will be outcasted. I feel that there’s a misapprehension about the “noise of technology” – If you don’t own one, you’re outdated. In this era, everyone including the young’s and old are associated with technology. I personally feel that this decreases quality time spent with your peers or family if you’re constantly on your phone. Then what’s the point of hanging out together? – Everyone can just hang out via an object. Above all that mentioned, although we all have social networking sites, I feel that one need to know how to create a professional online profile especially for online business and the increasing competition.

References

  • (@daveowhite), David. ‘TALL Blog >> Blog Archive >> Not ‘Natives’ & ‘Immigrants’ But ‘Visitors’ & ‘Residents’. Tallblog.conted.ox.ac.uk. N.p., 2015. Web. 3o Oct. 2015.
  • White, D. S., & Cornu, A.L. (2011). Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9)
  • Digital – Learning – Culture,. ‘Visistors & Residents’. N.p., 2014. Web. 30 Oct. 2015.

#MANG2049 Digital Profile

Accessing, managing and evaluating online information (3/5) – As a student, we are constantly doing reports and essay writing therefore we will need to know how to assess the Internet to search for information that we require.

Participating in online communities (2/5) – I’m not a person into social media and I would often disassociate myself from this kind of platform.

Building online networks around an area of interest (2/5) – My only online network are Instagram and Tumblr as I love looking at photographs and I will always to this places to search for nice photographs.

Collaborating with others (3/5) – Everyone will need to communicate and work together in our day to day life, especially in school.

Creating online materials (3/5) – As I have studied marketing before while pursuing my diploma in marketing, I’ve definitely touch base with creating online materials for marketing purposes  however i’m not very good at it as i’m not a tech-savvy person.

Managing your online identity (3/5) – I am very particular about privacy over the internet, therefore for all my online network, I only make it view able to people whom I know.

Managing your online security (1/5) – As long as I don’t sense anything suspicion, I will just leave my information such as passwords as it is. I feel that it’s a hassle to keep changing as I might forget about it.