Topic 3: “The creation of even one single account marks the beginning of our digital self”

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Image from asset protection law journal

At least 90% of my friends have more the one Instagram or Facebook account, whether it being a business one, or one to post food on or ones they share with multiple friends. By having more then one account it allows them to post in anonymously without others realising who it is.

Having multiple accounts allows people to express themselves freely without the judgement of others on the Internet, as especially now in present the day people are becoming much more vocal and opinionated online so some see it as a way to protect there persona. (Costa and Torres 2011).

However it does raise many questions as who are we able to trust on the Internet, how do we know if we are connecting with the person we think we are and can we even trust our own online identity or is it all a virtual reality we have made up? So is only having one single account more efficient?

Professionally it can be beneficial to have multiple accounts as it provides those who want to keep their private life private, but also lets them be available for business connections without it interfering with their private life.

However to have more then one Facebook account you would still have to use a valid email address connected to you as “ any profile on Facebook that does not appear to be tied to an offline name is removed” (The Guardian 2012), meaning that if someone really wanted to find a persons private account they would be able too.

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Created using piktochart by Natalie Graham

Overall, I believe it to be beneficial to have more then one account, either professional or not, as you are able to express yourself how you like and can control what people are able to see, “The ability to be anonymous is increasingly important because it gives people control, it lets them be creative” (The Guardian 2012).

 

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References:

Costa, C., & Torres, R., ‘To be or not to be, the importance of Digital Identity in the networked society’, Revista Educação, Formação & Tecnologias, <http://eft.educom.pt/index.php/eft/article/view/216/126>, (2011), pp.47-53.

BBC News. (2018). Is your virtual self employable?. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/business-25217962/job-hunting-how-to-promote-yourself-online [Accessed 20 Apr. 2018].

FutureLearn. (2018). What is your network identity? – Learning in the Network Age – University of Southampton. [online] Available at: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/learning-network-age/4/steps/303357

Krotoski, A. (2018). Online identity: is authenticity or anonymity more important?. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2012/apr/19/online-identity-authenticity-anonymity [Accessed 20 Apr. 2018].

 

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Topic 3: “The creation of even one single account marks the beginning of our digital self”

  1. Hi Natalie,

    Really enjoyed your blog post this week. I am interested in what you said in the conclusion portion of the blog about allowing creativity through different profiles. Although I agree with you, I wonder if future employers were to come across a number of different profiles for the same person whether they would agree with you? It seems that many people are using different profiles to ‘hide’ parts of themselves rather than to express their creativity.

    What do you think? Is this likely to cause a problem?
    Thanks,

    Natasha

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    1. Hi Natasha!

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading my blog, that is a good question and a very valid point. I had not thought about it from that angle before, they could be using more then one profile to keep a part of themselves hidden and cause concern, but then could it argue that if they wanted to keep something private they should be allowed too and employers should not be too concerned over it? (Depending on what sort of other accounts they find of course)

      Natalie

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  2. Hi Natalie,

    Great post! I really liked your infographic!

    I agree that having multiple identities online is beneficial, especially when it separates work and leisure. However, if profiles are available online, they can still be associated with one another easily. For example, Facebook search tools can discover user profiles on a global scale (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/04/04/facebook-said-the-personal-data-of-most-its-2-billion-users-has-been-collected-and-shared-with-outsiders/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.1391cc8a6f16). Therefore, do you think it is possible to fully privatise our identities online?

    Identity theft is also a key concern. Profiles can be obtained publicly on LinkedIn, and used to deceive companies (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5640265/Fraudster-stole-womans-identity-using-LinkedIn-profile-used-95-000-job.html). How can we prevent this?

    Thanks,
    Chloe

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    1. Hi Chloe!

      Im glad you liked my blog, found this topic interesting as you pointed out with the news about FaceBook and our privacy! Thanks for sharing the news article from the Washington Post it was an interesting read, I think it is very difficult to fully privatise our lives online as information is needed to even create an account such an email address and with that given we are already exposing ourselves, do you agree?
      Identity theft is so common now a days with some of my friends on FaceBook having to warn us that someone has copied their photos and information. The Daily Mail article was also very interesting to read and shows how far people can go when they steal your identity!! I think preventing it is a nearly an impossible job but by making sure your accounts are as private as possible and only accepting people you know would be a start, what do you think?

      Natalie

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      1. Hi Natalie,

        Thanks for responding!

        I definitely agree, even simply registering for an online account requires some form of identity! I use my email that I created in year six for social media accounts, and my ‘professional’ email for platforms such as LinkedIn. Using multiple emails can be beneficial, but we definitely need to distinguish the purpose of such accounts, and how our identities are portrayed.

        I also agree with your second point. Privatising your profile is the start to protecting your online identity. Articles have recommended how you can protect your profile (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/mar/19/how-to-protect-your-facebook-privacy-or-delete-yourself-completely). However, I believe that we need to expose our identity online for learning purposes, expanding our network (ie. the MOOC). We conversed with other members on the course, but how do we trust them and know they are ‘real’?

        Thanks,
        Chloe

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