Topic 2: Reflective Summary

After reading most of my classmates’ blog, I have come to realised that there is no right or wrong about having one or multiple online identities. It all boils down to how you manage your profile, portray your image online, and how comfortable you are with your online identity/ identities.

Chanced upon Kelly’s blog and she said ‘Having multiple online identities may simply deplete the credibility of a particular online identity you would like to portray.’ I find it true as having more than one online identities mean that you would have to put in an extra effort to be “formal” when it comes to managing your LinkedIn profile or other social media platforms which is used for connecting with your employers. You can’t really be yourself as you would be constantly trying to fit in the organisation, instead just be yourself, be genuine.

In addition to Ming Ru’s post, she shared a video on Internet Privacy Prank which is very interesting. It shows us that you can just search someone online and gather even the tiniest bit of information about that particular person. Creepy, isn’t it? How we trusted the Internet without knowing what they may do with our information. I love how she is so comfortable with being herself, be it online or offline, that she wouldn’t mind people knowing her the way she is. Social media are created to connect with people and sharing personal information which you wouldn’t mind sharing, I personally feel it is not to create a different persona to portray your good points and sell it to a particular employer.

At the very end of the day, I couldn’t emphasise more on being true to yourself online as much as you are offline. Instead of trying to fit into the organisation like anyone else, just focus on being yourself and that in my point of view, is unique. If you have multiple identities, it is best to learn how to manage them properly as you may benefit from it. Something that I always remind and question myself, “Is this necessary to share online?”, because I don’t want to share everything about me online. I’d like to keep part of me private and give my true friends the privilege in understanding the depths of me.

xoxo,
Rochelle

Having multiple online identities? Good or bad?

There are so many different social media platforms that is available on the Internet to connect with people you may or may not know, it can be someone random that catches your attention and the next thing you know, you’re following that person on Facebook. That doesn’t mean you are that person’s friend, neither do you really know what are his or her weird habits, favourite foods, childhood stories or even their birthdays. The digital world has changed dramatically till the Internet is no longer ‘a place where identity could remain separate from real life’ (Aleks Krotoski, 2012).

Below listed are the perks and downsides of having multiple online identities.

The Perks

Clearly, by having multiple online identities mean individuals can use different social media platforms to ‘market’ themselves, thus ‘It makes us more accessible to our audience and it is particular beneficial in terms of community engagement.’ (Coasta, C & Torres, R., 2011) Some individuals have more than one Facebook account (For example, one for work and one for personal use), or a Facebook (personal use) and LinkedIn (career prospects).

‘There is clearly also an advantage in terms of ‘marketing’ our work. By opening up the spaces where we present our practice, we are giving others an opportunity to interact with us and have access to our work.’ (Coasta, C & Torres, R., 2011) Therefore, individuals are able to manage what they want the public to know more about themselves through Facebook/ Twiiter/ Instagram and connects with potential employers to better understand his/her career developments and prospects.

The Downsides

‘The idea of a person siloing different aspects of her personality, never mind personal and professional personas, into different web-presences seems strange.’ (Meghan Casserly, 2011) You never truly get to understand a person as a whole behind your laptop screen, looking at their photos, reading about their profiles or favourites list. You can never know if all the contents or informations shared by that person is ever authentic.

‘The obvious problem with this line of thinking is that the problems associated with displaying a single self in front of multiple populations is not “mutually” the same for all.’ (Nathan Jugerson, 2011) This is the main reason why cyber bullying exists and is on the rise, where anonymous users leave harsh and offensive comments on the ‘weak’ or people they deemed as not in the same league. Because sometimes when you portray your “real” self online, others judge you based on what they think they know about you through your Facebook profile or pictures taken during the weekends on Instagram, they leave harmful comments.


I personally feel that having multiple online identities isn’t really a good thing. ‘Current Google CEO Eric Schmidt who said that “if you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.”'(Nathan Jugerson, 2011) It is true, and I believe in being yourself, whether is it online or offline. Having more than one online identities call for more maintenance duties in managing those profiles, it is like splitting your personalities into fragmented pieces and sharing it with people online. At times, being a little private with sharing may just help to protect yourself but then again, if you were to have multiple online identities, my piece of advice would be to manage your online profiles professionally.

xoxo,
Rochelle

Aleks Krotoski (2012). Online identity: Is authenticity or anonymity more important? The Guardian. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2012/apr/19/online-identity-authenticity-anonymity [Accessed: 1st December 2014]

Coasta, C & Torres, R. (2011). To be or not to be, the importance of Digital Identity in the networked society. Edicacao, Formacao & Technologias. University of Saford. Available at: http://eft.educom.pt/index.php/eft/article/view/216/126 [Accessed: 1st December 2014]

Meghan Casserly (2011). Multiple Personalities And Social Media: The Many Faces of Me. Forbes. Available at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghancasserly/2011/01/26/multiple-personalities-and-social-media-the-many-faces-of-me/ [Accessed: 1st December 2014]

Nathan Jugerson (2011). Jeff Jarvis and Multiple Identities: A Critique. The Society Pages. Available at: http://thesocietypages.org/cyborgology/2011/03/25/jeff-jarvis-and-multiple-identities-a-critique/ [Accessed: 1st December 2014]

Reflective Summary on Topic 1

After having to study through the opinions of my classmates, I realised that each and every one of us can either be a digital “visitor” or “resident” depending on our needs. It is very interesting to understand the whole concept from different perspectives and to read each individual’s experiences with the digital world.

With regards to Sunny’s blog, what intrigued me was when she mentioned that her friend had became a victim of cyber bullying which is not very uncommon in the digital world. I learned that even if you are a digital “visitor” or “resident”, as long as you are online, you are not entirely safe. That is when we have to learn to manage our own online profile or identity.

In addition, what I like about Amanda’s blog is that she uses Generation Y (people like me and her) as an example which I can personally relate to. We grew up with technology, adapting to the fast paced digital world and by owning a mobile phone that gives you access to the Web, it signifies the very first step in becoming a digital “resident”. It is true that technology has evolved to be more efficient and effective over the years that most of us depend heavily on it – simply because part of us live online and it is the fastest way to connect with our loved ones.

In conclusion, this topic taught me that I should be cautious on how I manage my profile online. There are possibilities that employers or firms go to the Web in search for potential candidates who are suitable for the job and to check on the individuals’ personal lifestyles. With the world digitally connected, I will keep in mind the professionalism on portraying a decent persona online. 

Digital “Visitors” or “Residents”?

Digital “Visitors”

Visitors are web users who uses the Internet as a tool to search certain information they require and would go offline spending their remaining time. Like the word itself says, visitors come and go, they don’t stay. This simply means from the moment they uses the Internet till the moment they exit, these ‘individuals do not leave any social trace online.’ (White, D.S., 2014) Once they acquire the information they need, they will gather some other information offline as they see no value in becoming a member of the Internet. ‘They always have an appropriate and focused need to use the web but don’t ‘reside’ there.’ (White, D., 2008)

Digital “Residents

Residents are members who sees the Internet that ‘supports the projection of their identity and facilitates relationships.’ (White, D., 2008) They view the Internet as a place to express their opinions, connect with people, share about their life and work. ‘A proportion of their lives is actually lived out online where the distinction between online and off–line is increasingly blurred.’ (White, D.S. & Cornu, A. Le, 2011.) When offline, part of that persona remains the same. They place great value in belonging online as their lives pretty much involves connecting their loved ones through the Internet.

MAPPING

The map above shows my online engagement with these apps or websites. I am a “visitor” when it comes to YouTube and Google Search, I don’t spend much time watching videos and when I do, they are either documentaries or funny ones. I uses Google search extensively, from personal use to school work. Once I am satisfied with what I have gathered online, I will just off my laptop and do other stuffs offline.

I am a “resident” for Email and Instagram. Emails are important to me when it comes to work and school, sending information or enquiries to an individual or firm. I live on Instagram, a place where I connect with my family, friends and strangers from around the globe. I personally feel Instagram is like combining Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook into one. I get to know how are my friends doing and share an adequate amount of me online.

We are all “visitors” and “resident” at different situations and when different needs arise. Just like me, I can never completely say I am a digital “visitor” but to certain websites or app.

xoxo,
Rochelle

References:

White, D.S., 2014. Visitors and Residents. Available at: http://daveowhite.com/vandr/ [Accessed November 27, 2014]

White, D.S. & Cornu, A. Le, 2011. Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9). Available at: http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3171/3049 [Accessed November 27, 2014].

White, D., 2008. Not ‘Natives’ & ‘Immigrants’ but ‘Visitors’ & ‘Residents’, TALL blog, University of Oxford. Available at: http://tallblog.conted.ox.ac.uk/index.php/2008/07/23/not-natives-immigrants-but-visitors-residents/ [Accessed November 27, 2014]

Digital Literacy

This is a self-test to know what is my current level of digital literacy. I will rate the following criteria on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is no experience and 5 is very experienced. To start off, I am never good with technology and constantly get amazed at how it works, I always surprise myself with something new I learnt from my friends or through the net.

The only criteria I rated 1 will be ‘Building online networks around an area of interest‘ and ‘Collaborating with others’. I seldom connect myself with others online which explains why I am not really updated with what’s happening on Facebook or what is the latest trend on the net now. It took me awhile to figure out how to create a wordpress blog, and I just learnt that I can download the app on my mobile (like how awesome is that?). Literally the technology dinosaur, I am still trying to get a hang of the daily Google hangouts. Therefore, I have totally no experience on building online networks, I simply find the net way too confusing at times.

Rated 2 for the following criteria:

  • Participating in online communities
  • Creating online materials (text, audio, images, video)

Joining the #MANG2049 is my very first step in participating in online communities. Apart from that, I wasn’t interested in joining any online communities. When it comes to creating online materials, I am pretty bad at it. Uploading photos will never be an issue but to create a video is a whole new level for me. I don’t even know how to use photoshop. Never try anything with audio or html, never got the chance to but I would love to learn how. It seems interesting though!

Rated 3 for the following criteria:

  • Managing your online identity
  • Managing your online privacy and security

Not the best but I am progressively learning the art of connecting digitally, which I personally thinks it is very crucial as the society is growing really fast. I don’t usually give out my personal information online unless necessary, and I think that is the reason why I give it a 3. My online identity is how I portray myself online so people would have that certain impression on me. Always being very careful about the content I mentioned on Facebook or Instagram, I choose what I want to publish for the public to read about me. I personally believe that everyone should not disclose everything as it is very dangerous, it is better to be safe than sorry.

‘Accessing, managing and evaluating online information’ will be a 4. Google is my best friend and I guess I have little bit of experience in accessing, managing and evaluating online information. Had an attachment 2 years back at The Ascott Limited, an international serviced residence owner-operator, doing online marketing and I had to managed information on the website. Gathering insights and promotions through competitors’ websites, the number of visitors on certain promotional websites (such as Agoda, Hoteltravel, Booking, etc.), and making the Ascott homepage much more user-friendly. Therefore, I have learnt quite a lot during my attachment in this particular category.

This is the end of my first self-test! Very interesting to know where I stand in terms of digital literacy, I know I am a technology dinosaur but I will improve myself to be better. Every day is an opportunity to learn something new and constantly be amazed.

xoxo,
Rochelle

About Me

Hello! I’m Rochelle and I am 21 this year. I will share with you a few things you probably didn’t know about me. Sooooo… I always get mistaken as a Malay, Filipino or Thai Chinese, but I am Chinese Dutch, this means I can actually speak mandarin and understand other dialects. My family being pretty much conventional (my dad is the strict one), they always support me in what ever I do and I am blessed to have such unconditional love.

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My friends usually call me nonsensical or insane (in a good way), I let loose around people I love, have fun and give them a listening ear whenever they need one. They are my happy pills and it is my duty to remind them how much they are being loved when they are feeling down, or share our joys with one another and simply be ourselves. During my free time, I read a book, play games, do some knitting or write my diary. Sometimes, I think I am a boring person deep down inside. Haha.

Last but not least, I am an animal lover, and I mean I loveeeeeee any kind of animals. I remembered I ever told Mum that when I grow up, I am going to open a zoo. Obviously, she laughed at me hysterically. Well, at least I kept goslings before, which was pretty cool for me. I had many other pets and if I were to name it all, the list will go on and on. Right now, I got a mischievous furball named Buttons. SAMSUNG CSC

He is a Purebred Pembroke Welsh Corgi, got to love those short legs and smiley expressions. He always make my day so much happier even when he gets real naughty, I mean look at that face, how can I really get mad at this little precious.

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& this pretty much sums up me.

xoxo,
Rochelle