Topic 2 Reflection

I really enjoyed this weeks topic on online identities because it highlighted to me the possible negative aspects of having more than one identity and this was something that i had not really considered before, despite the fact i have had many social media profiles on various websites for many years. Therefore I have definitely learned a lot this week. What i did well in my post was have a clear structure. This was also mentioned in my comments and so I think this made my blog easy to read and the topic to understand. However, I feel like a lot of improvements could be made, for example, i need to make my blog visually more interesting. This could be by including tables, powerpoints, or even powtoons. Since my blog theme is quite simple, I feel like having interesting visuals within my posts is very important and key to making more readers want to read my future blog posts. In my comments, key ideas for improvement were to include more of my personal view points and experiences, as well as to include more multimedia tools. Some of the comments on my blog were very useful this week, one even included a link to a video which really expanded on some of the ideas we had discussed. Therefore next week I will work on improving my comments on others’ blogs. Having read other peoples blogs this week, it has inspired me to use and experiment with a large variety of tools in order to make my blog more exciting and also as way of incorporating different methods of research, such as videos and graphs. This will allow me to fill more blog with as much useful content as possible. I have enjoyed this weeks topic and reflection and look forward to developing my skills and posting next week.

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

What is your online Identity? An online identity is a social identity that an internet user establishes and uses when participating in activity on websites and social media. A person can choose an identity that is truly representative of who they are. They can do this by doing things such as using their own photos as display pictures on websites such as Facebook and Twitter and by sharing their own personal opinions and ideas. However, some people choose to have an anonymous presence online and they do this by limiting the amount of personal information they share on the internet. This can go as far as not using a real name.

Today, people often tend to have more than one social identity. This can mean having a profile on many different social media platforms but also having more than one profile on one particular website. There are many reasons why people do this, for example, on instagram a person could have one profile for sharing pictures with family and another for sharing pictures with friends. Often information you share with family may not be relevant or suitable or it may be more personal than what you would want to share with your friends. Another reason why people may do this is to have a social media account for work purposes and an account for leisure. There are so many ways to use the internet today so having different profiles is almost essential and definitely more appropriate.

However, there are some negative aspects to having more than online identity. Having more than one online identity can often be difficult to keep up with and time consuming. Having to reply to comments and messages on all profiles can take up time and may be stressful as a result. This type of situation can lead to those comments and messages being ignored by the user and so the people who have messaged may feel offended that they have not received a response. Also, it can be a problem when other accounts are found by employers that they do not think are acceptable and finally can open up opportunities for people to use other peoples identities.

Although, despite the negatives, having more than one identity is a great way to use the internet professionally for its many different purposes.

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