Identity is a complete set of characteristics that define you. Consist of partial identity, profile, and persona that’s referred by identifiers. Internet usage as a space evolve over the year. From passive approach, where we use internet to gain information to interactive approach, where we collaborate. Move forward, now it is Human Computer Interaction era where it used for social networking and peer participation. Our identity directly affect our reputation (third party perspective of us).
Having more than one online identity allow anonymity. Anonymity allow us to develop our creativity, freedom of speech, and we can create our persona however we want it. It is beneficial for thus who shy to talk about medical conditions or afraid on expressing their thoughts. Having more than one online identity might prevent personal data leakage but might also become a medium to leak company’s data. It is a broad spectrum that need more in depth analysis. One of the drawbacks of anonymity is anonymous troll. Relevant case : xiaxue SMRT case and fourfeetnine’s baby case. Aware of the drawbacks, there is a rising in identity-centric platform.
The opportunity cost of anonymity is our one identity. One identity shows integrity, networks, authenticity and being accessible. Putting what we have create out there also might lead to job opportunities. Several platforms nowadays aim for one online identity that trigger and connect all our online activities. Namely Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Having one identity might be a good investment for our future. Our future employer might see how we have progress and all the achievement. Employer nowadays not only mark us by skills and abilities. Connection, passion, integrity are example of what’s employer looking for and it could be accessible by looking through our online identity. Besides for job seekers, online identity also can benefits business man and important for artists.
When talking about online identity. Most individual look at it as personal life vs work life. Jeff Jarvis give a distinct view. It is about our inner self, real self vs outer self, show self. Clash between this would create lack of integrity image. Several critiques arose from his blog as it is lacking in power and inequalities analysis. On my point of view, we know best how is our society and our-self. Open minded culture will most likely accept one identity while close minded culture will most likely criticize our personal life and several identity would be a better choice. For me, i chose to integrate, maintain, and manage my identity (my profile, partial identity and persona) instead of creating different identities. Also, it is important to maintain our online privacy. We must prevent theft identity that usually lead to economic loss.
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