Topic 2: Reflective Summary on Managing Multiple Online Identities

I realized how debatable a topic on managing multiple online identities has been after reviewing a number of postings from my classmates. Often, I found irony on certain issues pertaining to segregating professional and private identities. I was also able to gain a more educated perspective from my classmates on their views for if a single identity had more benefits over multiple online identities or vice versa.

According to Chloe’s blogpost, I raised an inquiry over the possibility of falsification of private identities when merged with professional identities. Since it was suggested that revealing a fraction of an individual’s personal life would help acquire greater opportunities due to greater credibility and reduced ambiguity. Even more ideal, would it be to merge professional identities with personal ones since one would be viewed as genuine, honest and professional. However, people can still misrepresent their personal details or characteristics online to portray themselves in the way that would attract favourable opportunities and connections. They are able to market themselves for a career as long as they are able to conceal their real identities. For which, this Australian model Essena Oneill, has been doing : http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/03/entertainment/social-media-essena-oneill-irpt/   &   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3302605/Essena-O-Neill-slammed-fellow-YouTubers-Nina-Randa-Nelson-say-quitting-Instagram-HOAX.html . She can be considered as one of those who merged her professional and private identities for an income, but what she received were the repercussions from her friends and the people that knew her personally.

Following up on Amanda’s blogpost, I wanted to highlight an irony present in the issue itself. It was mentioned that first impressions happen online from potential employers to potential employees. Companies seek genuine personal information to formulate a better understanding of the characteristics of opposite parties, however they customarily form negative first impressions of them because they deem the revelation to be informal, unnecessary and all too private. Thus, it contradicts itself for the sharing of personal details.

References:

We need more signs. (2013). [image] Available at: http://jameshowden.com/tag/reflection/ [Accessed 4 Nov. 2015].

Critical Thinking Stems – Promotes reflection and dialogue. (n.d.). [image] Available at: http://www.syllabuy.co/critical-thinking-stems-promotes-reflection-and-dialogue [Accessed 4 Nov. 2015].

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