Topic 2: managing your online identity
A long long longgg time ago, many users used to be apprehensive of exposing themselves online for the fear of invasion of their privacy. That is also why Friendster and MySpace came about. Users could hide themselves behind their electronic screens and still have their own personas online!
Howbeit, it’s not the case nowadays. Users love to share their personal life online, posting pictures, meeting up to know each other better and etc. Different social media sites are used to express different online identities of the user. For instance, Facebook would be classified as work related or keeping in touch with friends and family while Twitter would be classified as a platform to rant about daily happenings.
Undoubtedly, there are several advantages and disadvantages to having multiple online identities.
An advantage to me would be that it allows the user to showcase that they really want to ‘put out there’ in the public, so it relieves the stress of having to perfect all their social sites. This in turn brings people closer as those with similar liking would form into the same communities. Nowadays, many more global issues are being discussed online such as LGBT opinions or the upcoming presidential election.
An disadvantage to me would be identity theft. Identity theft is the use of another person’s personal information to acquire loans and commit some actions that might be wrong. To be honest, I’ve never exactly thought deep about online identity because I feel that as long as you don’t allow yourself to fall victim to the threats online, it should do fine right? For example, not sharing too much for the sake of privacy etc. Yet after much research, I realised I thought wrong. Just a fun fact/statistic:
- In 2014, more than 1 billion records containing personally identifiable information were leaked.1
This shows that we are very vulnerable to online threats. Also, more than often, we tend to succumb to the norm online and pursue the negative sides of behaving online like some of the rest. Which is a BIG minus point.
To summarise most that I’ve mentioned and to add the final touch, I feel that this video would be an apt choice! (well does the creator have an obvious online identity too? 🙂 )
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Pexels.com. (n.d.). Free stock photo of app store, apple, computer. [online] Available at: https://www.pexels.com/photo/person-apple-laptop-notebook-1171/ [Accessed 7 Nov. 2016].
Webster, L. (2015). The Evolution of Internet Identity. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt60mi9Zf-g [Accessed 7 Nov. 2016].
Alt, K. (2016). 7 Alarming Identity Theft Statistics | Safe Smart Living. [online] Safe Smart Living. Available at: http://www.safesmartliving.com/identity-theft-statistics/#source-1 [Accessed 7 Nov. 2016].