Prior to this topic, I held an interest in privacy. However, through studying this topic, I realised that I have largely failed to act upon this interest, and I decided that this would change now!
As I discussed with Will and Will there are also difficulties with becoming completely anonymous and as such I didn’t feel the need to become 100% anonymous. Rather, I decided to just draw a clear line between my profiles, in order to achieve a degree of authenticity.
Whilst Iarina mentioned that LinkedIn hadn’t helped her, I thought it was a good idea to join so that future employers wouldn’t be left with a void where my name once was, and so I could engage in self-promotion (Van Dijck, 2016). When doing so, I used a different picture from my social profile to separate the identities.
Furthermore, I discussed with Joanna about the particular details which employers find unattractive on social media (Workopolis, 2015) – and most notable for me was that employers really disliked the use of profane language. As I use my social media to frequently discuss football, I’m often caught in the moment and guilty of using profane language. Bearing this in mind, I decided to change the privacy settings of my account to keep it from prying eyes – especially considering the Sacco saga (Ronson, 2015)
Therefore, through studying digital identities I have been able to finally push on and embrace a lifestyle of multiple online identities. I am now moving forward with a professional profile on Twitter and LinkedIn (for employers), and continuing with my social profiles on Twitter and Facebook (with increased privacy settings). However, as I outlined in my initial post, the real difficulty isn’t establishing these profiles – it is maintaining them. This difficulty will be aided by Chloe’s recommended book – as outlined below!
Wish me luck!
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Link to my comment on Will’s blog – https://willcollettuosm2008884645209.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/who-are-you-an-exploration-into-your-online-self/comment-page-1/#comment-13
Link to my comment on Joanna’s blog – https://joannafairey.wordpress.com/2018/04/23/the-clark-kents-of-the-internet-world/comment-page-1/#comment-20
Link to my reply to Will on my own blog – http://tompaterson.info/tom-meet-professional-tom#comment-43
Link to my reply to Iarina on my own blog – http://tompaterson.info/tom-meet-professional-tom#comment-46
Link to my reply to Chloe on my own blog – http://tompaterson.info/tom-meet-professional-tom#comment-47
Workopolis, (2015) – “The three things that employers want to find out about you online” , Workopolis.
Ronson, J., (2015) – “How one stupid tweet ruined Justine Sacco’s Life” , The New York Times.
Parsons, J., (2018) – “New Perspectives on Computer Concepts 2018: Comprehensive” , Cengage