Digital Literacy

The Online Identity Crisis

1) Summary

As Wellesley College discusses, Online identity is universal in today’s technological world; it can have it’s advantages and disadvantages at times. Social media sites, such as Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and the list goes on, are used to connect with people that you may or may not know. By sharing personal information through the internet, you are making your identity accessible to a larger number of people than you may think. On certain sites like Facebook, you can restrict your profile to be seen just by close friends and family because not everyone will want their identity to be as public. However, if you do want your profile to be available for public access, precautions may need to be taken to protect your online identity. For example, be careful about publishing personal contact information or activities that could jeopardize your safety. Keep in mind that once you post personal material to your site, it will remain accessible across the internet even after it is deleted. Additionally, be aware that future employers may view your sites because certain businesses have been known to make hiring decisions based on their opinion of your social media sites.

2) Response 

I think social media sites is an excellent way to connect with friends, family, and be introduced to new people from all over the world. I have various social media accounts and have had many positive experiences from each of them, especially Tumblr. For instance, I have virtually met many creative people that are my age and have even met some of them at concerts I have attended. One Tumblr friend from Portland, Oregon, even sent me a letter in the mail, along with a free copy of his band’s tape, which was reassuring to know that their are genuinely nice people still out there. Even though majority of my feedback for social media has been positive, having an online identity can make you vulnerable to negative criticism and just creeps in general, which I have somewhat experienced first hand from Tumblr, Facebook, and Twitter. One piece of advice I would give to anyone who is involved in social media sites is just go with your gut feeling on certain scenarios and most importantly think twice before you make a post.

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