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Me and my Shadow
"Through your computer, mobile phone, and other digital devices, you leave behind hundreds of digital traces (also called data traces) every day: bits of information about you that are created, stored, and collected. When your digital traces are put together to create stories about you or profiles of you, these become your digital shadows. These can give others huge insight into your life; and they can also be totally wrong. Either way, once they're out there, they are almost impossible to control...."
internet  privacy  surveillance  digitalself  onlineidentity  data 
november 2017 by warnick
Redesigning Waxy, 2016 edition
Andy Baio makes the case for old-school blogging: "Here, I control my words. Nobody can shut this site down, run annoying ads on it, or sell it to a phone company. Nobody can tell me what I can or can’t say, and I have complete control over the way it’s displayed. Nobody except me can change the URL structure, breaking 14 years of links to content on the web."
dooo  blogging  andybaio  onlineidentity  digitalself 
november 2016 by warnick
I Am Sybil
BYU's Phil Windley, with some musings related to Domain of One's Own: "You have no digital representation of your individual identity. Rather, you have various identities, disconnected and spread out among the administrative domains of the various services you use."
onlineidentity  digitalself  dooo  byu  privacy 
july 2016 by warnick
Holdouts of the Social Media Age
Teddy Wayne, in the NY Times: "As hoi polloi shamelessly promote themselves, bestow disingenuous praise upon colleagues in hopes of receiving it in return and peck out snarkily hashtagged jokes during awards shows, the person who remains offline accrues mystique and is viewed as nobly intentioned, an elusive object of fascination rather than an accessible subject of self-glorification. Who knows how they’re spending their time? Likely working hard for some transcendent and paradigm-shifting purpose, their online absence suggests. But post a tweet, and everyone knows what you’re doing at that moment: idly looking at a screen, chasing after notice."
digitalself  onlineidentity  socialmedia  nytimes 
march 2016 by warnick
No direction home
Good advice for job seekers from Seth Godin about how to get noticed by employers: "Where online can I see the trail of magic you regularly create?"
sethgodin  jobs  onlineidentity  digitalself 
january 2016 by warnick
Digital Identity Mapping
Great "digital self" assignment from Traci Gardner.
digitalself  onlineidentity  3844 
february 2015 by warnick
Yik Yak Rhetorics
Jeff Rice, in Inside Higher Ed: "Yik Yak is admission that there is no private without the public. Social media have always been a space that – because of the sense of proximity – feels private, but is, in fact, public."
jeffrice  ihe  yikyak  socialmedia  privacy  onlineidentity  digitalself  digitalrhetoric 
january 2015 by warnick
How to Disappear (almost) Completely: the illusion of privacy
Daniel Cooper, on Engadget: "Can anyone ever really leave the internet? And if you had the choice, is that something that you'd want to do? After all, abandoning the connected world might help you reclaim some privacy, but even if you smashed your PC, burned your tablet and tossed your smartphone, you might still not be able to escape constant surveillance. In our three-part series How To Disappear, we're going to look at why you'd think about going offline, what you can do to tidy up your digital footprint and what happens to those who have made the leap into the darkness."
engadget  privacy  surveillance  onlineidentity  digitalself 
january 2015 by warnick
What is a digital identity?
Interesting video made by three students at the University of Mary Washington: "For our final project, Jack, Emily, and I decided to make a documentary about digital identities. We decided interview UMW students and staff in order to see what people at UMW think a digital identity is and how their digital identity may differ from their 'offline' identity."
digitalself  onlineidentity 
december 2014 by warnick
Why Every Job Seeker Should Have a Personal Website, And What It Should Include
Forbes: "56% of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website than any other personal branding tool—however, only 7% of job seekers actually have a personal website."
eportfolio  onlineidentity  jobmarket  forbes  digitalself 
november 2014 by warnick
Online Relationships Are Real
Cody C. Delistraty, in the Atlantic: "The question, then, is whether these relationships in the virtual world are still the same as relationships pursued in the real world or is there a fundamental difference, as Baudrillard would have claimed? Can we still call love 'love' if it’s passing through a screen?"
atlanticmonthly  love  relationships  digitalself  onlineidentity  baudrillard 
november 2014 by warnick
Facebook has totally reinvented human identity: Why it’s even worse than you think
Susan Cox, in Salon: "The crux of the issue boils down to this: Is Facebook’s normalization of hyper-transparency and information-oriented mode of self-definition conditioning young people to be submissive toward institutionalized forms of subject formation? Does it quell unrest in response to those power structures invested in telling you who and what you are? Will the young people of the future question social values if they are trained from a young age by technological demands to express their person in a corporately constructed template?"
salon  facebook  onlineidentity  anonymity  socialmedia 
november 2014 by warnick
One Name to Rule Them All: Facebook's Identity Problem
The Atlantic covers Facebook's "real name policy": "[M]aintaining multiple identities online is not just for drag queens. We all perform versions of ourselves. When we use two different platforms, reserving one for our professional life and another for our side interest, we’re separating two sides of ourselves using the tools available to us. When we complain about our parents commenting on our Facebook posts aimed at our friends, we’re wishing we could maintain different public faces on a platform that prefers to push them together."
atlanticmonthly  facebook  onlineidentity  anonymity  pseudonyms  internetculture 
november 2014 by warnick
Selfie Researchers
"The Selfies Research Network is an international group of academics studying the social and cultural implications of the selfie. Our membership includes teachers, students, visual artists, reporters, and others from around the globe. Our projects include publications, conference panels, gallery installations, and teaching resources regarding the politics and aesthetics of selfie culture."
selfie  digitalself  onlineidentity 
september 2014 by warnick
A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone
NPR report by Molly Roberts: "Ancient peoples sent their dead to the grave with their prized possessions — precious stones, gilded weapons and terracotta armies. But unlike these treasures, our digital property won't get buried with us. Our archived Facebook messages, old email chains and even Tinder exchanges will hover untouched in the online cloud when we die. Or maybe not."
npr  digitalself  death  onlineidentity 
august 2014 by warnick
How to Invent a Person Online
Curis Wallen, in the Atlantic: "It’s not an exaggeration to say everything you do online is being followed. And the more precisely a company can tailor your online experience, the more money it can make from advertisers. As a result, the Internet you see is different from the Internet anyone else might see. It’s seamlessly assembled each millisecond, designed specifically to influence you. I began to wonder what it would be like to evade this constant digital surveillance—to disappear online. From that question, Aaron Brown was born."
onlineidentity  digitalself  privacy  atlanticmonthly 
july 2014 by warnick
We Need Online Alter Egos Now More Than Ever
Judith S. Donath, in Wired: "Insisting that people use their real names online to prevent trolling and ensure civility ignores the fact that using real names online is quite different than using them in person. In the physical world, space and time separate facets of our lives, providing everyday privacy. Even though you use your real name in conversations you have in person with your podiatrist or pastor, those conversations and opinions are not accessible to your co-workers and neighbors. Online, however, the product review you generously provided for an underarm deodorant or for books about coping with binge eating or bed-wetting, will, if written under your real name, be part of your online portrait, what your neighbors, kids and random strangers see about you. Online, words persist forever, in vast searchable databases. Anything you say or do using your real name is permanently attached to it."
onlineidentity  digitalself  anonymity  pseudonyms  wiredmagazine 
april 2014 by warnick
Confronting the Myth of the 'Digital Native'
The Chronicle: "'It is problematic that there are so many assumptions about how just because a young person grew up with digital media, which in fact many have, that they are automatically savvy,' Ms. Hargittai says. 'That is simply not the case. There are increasing amounts of empirical evidence to suggest the contrary.'"
chronicle  socialmedia  digitalliteracies  3844  onlineidentity  digitalself 
april 2014 by warnick
What happens to your digital life after death?
Good advice from the Pew Research Center: "Until the legal procedures are made clear experts are advising people to treat their digital assets as they would any other asset.  They recommend that users appoint someone to be in control, make a list of accounts and passwords, and give clear instructions on how to handle each individual account."
digitalself  onlineidentity  death  socialmedia  pew 
december 2013 by warnick
How to delete and protect the digital identities of the deceased
Some good, practical instructions for dealing with Facebook, Twitter, and other social media services after someone dies. "Family members and friends question if they should take down the loved one’s social media or leave it as a memorial for people to leave comments and reflect.... If the family members or friends do decide to delete the digital identity of their loved one, then here are some tips on how to request the removal of the deceased’s account."
socialmedia  death  onlineidentity  digitalself 
december 2013 by warnick
Online Anonymity Is Not Only for Trolls and Political Dissidents
Dave Maass: "To suggest anonymity should be forbidden because of troll-noise is just as bad as suggesting a ban on protesting because the only demonstrators you have ever encountered are from the Westboro Baptist Church—the trolls of the picket world. People who say otherwise need to widen their experience and understanding of the online world. The online spaces we know and love would be doomed without anonymity, even if the security of that anonymity is far from absolute or impenetrable."
onlineidentity  anonymity  privacy  eff  digitalself  3844 
november 2013 by warnick
Does my identity live on online after I die?
Patrick Stokes: "It wasn’t long ago that the internet was an anonymous, disembodied place where you could play at being anyone you wanted to, largely without consequence. That anonymous world is still there, of course. You can still pretend to be younger and hotter, or a Nigerian prince, or a dying blogger. But it’s shrinking fast. Most of us are increasingly tethered to our identities online, and not just because much of our online activity is in environments where our real names, locations and professional affiliations are used. Our bodies are online, too."
onlineidentity  digitalself  death 
november 2013 by warnick
Here's How Twitter Can Track You on All of Your Devices
Josh Harkinson explains why Twitter might be the greatest threat to online privacy: "Many of its 200 million users tweet from all of their devices—laptops, desktops, smartphones, iPads etc. That means Twitter has what only a handful of other tech titans possess: a digital Rosetta Stone that enables it to know who you are, wherever you are."
twitter  privacy  onlineidentity  advertising  motherjones  3844  digitalself 
october 2013 by warnick
Twitter Bios and What They Really Say
NY Times: "The Twitter bio is a postmodern art form, an opportunity in 160 characters or fewer to cleverly synopsize one’s professional and personal accomplishments, along with a carefully edited non sequitur or two. It lets the famous and the anonymous, athletes and accountants, surreal Dadaists and suburban dads alike demonstrate that they are special snowflakes with Wes Anderson-worthy quirks."
nytimes  twitter  socialmedia  onlineidentity  digitalself  3844  4814 
october 2013 by warnick
A Stance On Anonymity
FeverBee's guidelines for preserving anonymity in online communities while minimizing bad behavior. "Our stance is quite simple; consistent identity is more important than using a real identity."
onlinecommunities  communitymanagement  onlineidentity  comments  anonymity 
september 2013 by warnick
Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online, It Might Cost You
NY Times report on a massive crackdown on fake online reviews of businesses: "The investigation revealed a web of deceit in which reviewers in Bangladesh, the Philippines and Eastern Europe produced, for as little as a dollar a rave, buckets of praise for places they had never seen in countries where they had never been."
nytimes  onlineidentity  ethos  research  credibility  3844  4814 
september 2013 by warnick
What Are Students Tweeting About Us?
Lee Skallerup Bessette's nice recap of the "My Professor" Twitter trend, plus an interview with Matt Thomas, the man behind it all.
mattthomas  leebessette  ihe  twitter  academia  3844  onlineidentity 
september 2013 by warnick
20 Tools to Showcase Your Portfolio
A lot of good options here for people who don't know (and don't want to learn) how to host their own website.
eportfolio  webdesign  onlineidentity 
september 2013 by warnick
The illusion of anonymity: how easy it is to hunt down a troll?
Stuart Houghton shows how easy it is to track someone down online: "He replied simply, giving me his real name and adding: 'Come find me.' So I did."
onlineidentity  privacy  anonymity  trolling 
august 2013 by warnick
On Internet Friends and In-Person Friends, Or As They Are More Commonly Known, “Friends”
Becky Chambers: "Friends are friends, no matter how you make them. We stick together through marriage and death and break-ups and babies and lay-offs and new apartments and everything in between. If someone goes quiet for a few days, we check in to see if they’re okay. I send Christmas cards to some of my internet friends. I’ve gotten jobs through internet friends."
onlineidentity  internetculture  digitalself  friendship  relationships 
august 2013 by warnick
Why Twitter Parody Accounts Should Stay Anonymous
Matt Buchanan, in The New Yorker: "The primary currency of social media is fame, and it is fame that drives the authors of popular parody accounts to uncloak themselves, destroying the account in the process."
newyorker  twitter  parody  comedy  onlineidentity 
july 2013 by warnick
Can’t Hide in the Cloud
Vikas Bajaj, in the NY Times: "The problem is that we have collectively ceded our privacy bit by bit as we have moved more social and business interactions from the physical realm to the so-called cloud, powered by tens of thousands of computers at server farms owned and managed by companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook. And it might be incredibly hard, if not impossible, to regain what we have given up."
nytimes  internet  privacy  onlineidentity  digitalself  surveillance 
june 2013 by warnick
The Real Me
Fortunately, Doug Mack's story aout dating in the digital age *does* end well: "[T]he internet is both an unrelenting enabler and unforgiving archive of flaws. As a single 30-year-old in the era of online courtship, I’d been in similar situations before and, in fact, had often been unable to resist my own temptation to type names into the search box. Inevitably, I felt weird and creepy if I didn’t find anything noteworthy, weirder and creepier if I did. Things rarely ended well."
onlinedating  relationship  onlineidentity  digitalself 
may 2013 by warnick
Own your identity
Marco Arment's approach to managing his online identity is a great model to follow: "I’ve always built my personal blog’s content and reputation at its own domain, completely under my control, despite being hosted on many different platforms and serving different roles over the years. It has never been a subdomain of any particular publishing platform or host."
webdesign  onlineidentity  personalbranding  digitalself  4814 
april 2013 by warnick
Data Science of the Facebook World
Wolfram|Alpha crunches some data (a LOT of data) drawn from its "Personal Analytics" system, which includes more than a million Facebook profiles. Some fascinating stuff here.
facebook  wolframalpha  dataviz  quantifiedself  onlineidentity  digitalself 
april 2013 by warnick
Meet the Stalkers
Jeff Saginor: "Every day, without even knowing it, you share intimate personal details about your life with people you’ve never met. The medical symptoms you search online follow you: first to the pharmacy where you pick up a prescription, then to a database of specialists looking to add you as a patient, or to an insurance company creating a risk pool. The car you’ve researched on the Web has been broadcast to your local dealerships before you’ve even left the house."
prospect  data  tracking  privacy  onlineidentity  digitalself 
april 2013 by warnick
The Internet 'Narcissism Epidemic'
I'm not sure what to think about this piece by Bill Davidow in the Atlantic: "We suspect part of the rise in narcissism is being driven by Internet tools. What is clear is that social media platforms are frequently used by those with narcissistic tendencies to feed their egos. These same applications are used by millions of others to build their businesses, coordinate events, and maintain close ties with friends and families. Unfortunately, narcissists are setting many of the benchmarks for everyday users."
atlanticmonthly  narcissism  psychology  onlineidentity  digitalself  3844 
april 2013 by warnick
Killing Your Twitter Account (and Reviving It)
Mark Sample, on ProfHacker: "Why might you want to deactivate your Twitter account only temporarily? Maybe you’re interviewing for a job and would rather not have your live-tweeting of The Hobbit play a role in the search committee’s decision. Or perhaps you’re the target of a spam attack, or even worse, being stalked online. Or it could simply be for dramatic effect, as in my case."
marksample  profhacker  twitter  onlineidentity  quitting  digitalself  3844 
march 2013 by warnick
Study: ‘Likes’ Likely to Expose You
The AP reports on a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: "Facebook said last year that roughly 2.7 billion new likes pour out onto the Internet every day — endorsing everything from pop stars to soda pop. That means an ever-expanding pool of data available to marketers, managers and just about anyone else interested in users' inner lives, especially those who aren't careful about their privacy settings."
nas  research  socialmedia  facebook  privacy  onlineidentity  digitalself  3844 
march 2013 by warnick
Online and anonymous: A key facet of Web culture is a double-edged sword
The Washington Post: "Does anonymity make us good? Or does it make us bad? And now that we’ve had a good long while to get used to splashing around online, there’s another question to ponder: Does the Internet make it easier for us to be anonymously bad or anonymously better? The answer isn’t so simple."
washingtonpost  onlineidentity  anonymity  digitalself  3844 
march 2013 by warnick
Don't hide your online self when applying for college or career
Lisa Nielsen: "[I]t is common to hear students applying for college or a job say before doing so, they plan to take down their online profiles or change their name to something unidentifiable. Innovative educators know this is not the best strategy. Instead our job is to support young people in creating a responsible digital footprint that, rather than hinder, would attract colleges and employers."
socialmedia  onlineidentity  personalbranding  digitalself  3844 
march 2013 by warnick
Privacy and Twitter lists
Terri Oda reminds us that public Twitter lists can reveal our locations, our professions, and more. "So what are your options if you want to hide this information? Well, if I don't like the lists I'm on, I can... uh... There's no apparent way to leave a twitter list. I suspect one could block the list curator, but the people revealing your location are most likely to be actual real life friends: people you wouldn't want to block. So you'd have to resort to asking nicely, but that's assuming you even notice: while you can get notifications of new followers, you do not get notified when you're added to a list."
twitter  privacy  onlineidentity  digitalself 
february 2013 by warnick
Personas
A fascinating web app by Aaron Zinman at MIT that "uses sophisticated natural language processing and the Internet to create a data portrait of one's aggregated online identity. In short, Personas shows you how the Internet sees you."
visualization  onlineidentity  webapp  mit  digitalself  3844 
february 2013 by warnick
Digital Dualism versus Augmented Reality
Nathan Jurgenson pushes back against the dualistic idea that we have a "real" self and a "virtual" self: "I am proposing an alternative view that states that our reality is both technological and organic, both digital and physical, all at once. We are not crossing in and out of separate digital and physical realities, ala The Matrix, but instead live in one reality, one that is augmented by atoms and bits."
nathanjurgenson  socialmedia  digitalculture  digitalself  onlineidentity 
february 2013 by warnick
Why I'm Leaving Facebook
Douglas Rushkoff: "Facebook has never been merely a social platform. Rather, it exploits our social interactions the way a Tupperware party does. Facebook does not exist to help us make friends, but to turn our network of connections, brand preferences, and activities over time — our 'social graphs' — into a commodity for others to exploit."
douglasrushkoff  facebook  socialmedia  quitting  onlineidentity  digitalself  3844 
february 2013 by warnick
Negotiating multiple identities on the social web: Goffman, fragmentation and the multiverse
Transcript of Corinne Weisgerber's fascinating webCom keynote: "If our identities are socially constructed through our stage performances, it matters whether they are viewed through the lense of a human being or an algorithm. It matters because humans and search engines don’t see the same thing when they bump into you online."
onlineidentity  socialmedia  personalbranding  digitalself 
february 2013 by warnick
Are your tweets more important than your résumé?
This move is almost pure gimmick, but it does highlight the importance of managing your online presence: "For the next month, Enterasys — a wireless network provider — will be considering applicants for a six-figure senior social media position, but no paper résumés will be accepted. Instead, the company has decided to recruit solely via Twitter."
jobs  resume  socialmedia  bizcomm  twitter  digitalself  onlineidentity  3844 
february 2013 by warnick
Nextdoor
New social networking site designed specifically for physical neighborhoods. (Because knocking on your neighbor's door is horrifying.)
socialnetworking  socialmedia  neighbors  onlineidentity  digitalself 
february 2013 by warnick
Brave New World of Digital Intimacy
Clive Thompson's 2008 NY Times story about Facebook: "Facebook users didn’t think they wanted constant, up-to-the-minute updates on what other people are doing. Yet when they experienced this sort of omnipresent knowledge, they found it intriguing and addictive. Why?"
nytimes  facebook  privacy  onlineidentity  socialmedia  digitalself 
february 2013 by warnick
Tumblr Is Not What You Think
Adam Rifkin: "[A] large percentage of Tumblr users actually don’t WANT an audience. They do not want to be found, except by a few close friends who they explicitly share one of their tumblogs with. Therefore Tumblr’s notoriously weak search functionality is A-OK with most of its user base. Tumblr provides its users with the oldest privacy-control strategy on the Internet: security through obscurity and multiple pseudonymity."
tumblr  socialmedia  anonymity  onlineidentity  blogging  digitalself  3844 
february 2013 by warnick
Why death is not the end of your social media life
The Guardian, on new apps that keep tweeting for you after you die: "The service uses Twitter bots powered by algorithms that analyse your online behaviour and learn how you speak, so it can keep on scouring the internet, favouriting tweets and posting the sort of links you like, creating a personal digital afterlife."
guardian  twitter  socialmedia  death  onlineidentity  digitalself 
february 2013 by warnick
Online Battle Over Ancient Scrolls Spawns Real-World Consequences
A fascinating account of academics behaving badly online: "He started a blog; then another and another, each under a different name. The aliases begot other aliases, known on the Internet as sock puppets: 20, 40, 60, 80. The sock puppets debated with other posters, each time linking to other sock puppets to support their arguments, creating the impression of an army of engaged scholars."
nytimes  onlineidentity  anonymity  pseudonyms  casestudy  digitalself 
february 2013 by warnick
There is No Such Thing as Owning Your Online Presence
"You never own your online presence, you are only ever renting it with various degrees of effort required to keep it online, and various amounts of control about what happens when it goes off."
onlineidentity  webhosting  digitalself 
february 2013 by warnick
Staying Private on the New Facebook
The NY Times has some good advice (and a few helpful links) for locking down and cleaning up your Facebook profile.
nytimes  facebook  privacy  socialmedia  onlineidentity  digitalself 
february 2013 by warnick
Why Twitter doesn’t care what your real name is
Matthew Ingram: "Twitter realizes it can provide plenty of value for users (and thus for advertisers) without having to know your real name. The social web is about reputation and influence, not necessarily names."
socialmedia  twitter  onlineidentity  anonymity  pseudonyms  digitalself 
february 2013 by warnick
#Me: Instagram Narcissism And The Scourge Of The Selfie
John Paul Titlow: "Some of these images feel a little too intimate. As you scroll through, you start to get the feeling that you're peeking through a window of a world you're not quite supposed to have access to. But mobile and social technology have given us millions of little windows into the worlds of others, so we keep scrolling."
socialmedia  instagram  narcissism  onlineidentity  digitalself  youth 
february 2013 by warnick
Snapchat and the Erasable Future of Social Media
"Unarchived communication is our most primal form of communication ... It’s natural for us to go back to it for things like communicating with our friends and family, and not having to think about the fact that the Internet is forever. Ephemeral data is the future."
socialmedia  snapchat  photos  onlineidentity  digitalself 
february 2013 by warnick
Philippe Dubost
A clever résumé designed to look like Amazon.com page.
resume  eportfolio  onlineidentity  digitalself 
january 2013 by warnick
Professional Relationships and Social Media
Mike Monteiro offers some excellent advice that applies to everyone, not just people with clients: "If it’s on the Internet, it’s on the Internet. That which can be copied WILL be pasted. So don’t kid yourself that you’re in a private space. The Internet is, by definition, a public space. And gloriously so. If the Internet is a series of tubes, then social media is the lubricant that makes sure the rudest thing you’ve ever said can travel through those tubes and quickly get to the person you’d least want to read it."
mikemonteiro  consulting  socialmedia  privacy  etiquette  onlineidentity  digitalself 
january 2013 by warnick
Why I'm Quitting Instagram
Ryan Block explains his decision to delete his Facebook and Instagram accounts: "In my search for technology products and services that somehow enrich or add value to my life, Facebook and Instagram have been a net negative not only in their usefulness, but also in other, subtle ways most people don’t often consider."
socialmedia  quitting  facebook  instagram  onlineidentity  digitalself 
january 2013 by warnick
BrandYourself: Control Your Google Results
Online service that supposedly helps users improve the quality of search results for their name. Several universities have started offering accounts to students.
personalbranding  seo  onlineidentity  jobmarket  digitalself 
january 2013 by warnick
The Myth of Cyberspace
P.J. Rey in The New Inquiry: "The great irony of the cyberspace concept is that, though we embraced it to resolve cognitive dissonance, it has come to cause only more of it."
cyberspace  internetculture  onlineidentity  digitalself 
january 2013 by warnick
The 2013 Reset
Jeremy Zilar's technology resolutions for the new year. A great model for thinking about what should stay and what should go from our daily digital routines.
jeremyzilar  technology  digitalculture  onlineidentity  resolutions  socialmedia  digitalself 
january 2013 by warnick
Why I've quit Twitter for good
Steven Baxter: "I had a tiny square avatar to represent my entire — first it was Kenny Everett's Spider-Man, stood at a urinal; then, it was Monsieur Tourette from Modern Toss; then, it was the Vietnamese stuffed monkey toy who sits watching me as a write at my desk at home; then it was my own large potato-shaped face. I became me."
stevenbaxter  twitter  socialmedia  onlineidentity  digitalself 
january 2013 by warnick
The searchers
Nicholas Carr explains why Google feels creepier and creepier every day: "Google’s goal is no longer to read the web. It’s to read us."
nicholascarr  google  search  onlineidentity  digitalself 
january 2013 by warnick
Ghostery
"Ghostery sees the invisible web — tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons. Ghostery tracks the trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity."
privacy  browsers  tool  plugin  security  onlineidentity  digitalself 
january 2013 by warnick
Whatever Being
Julia Lupton reviews Jodi Dean's new book, Blog Theory.
blogging  newmedia  criticism  onlineidentity  digitalself 
january 2013 by warnick
How do I write a blog that's professional and personal?
Interesting discussion on Ask MetaFilter about balancing personal and professional identities on the web.
askmefi  blogging  onlineidentity  digitalself 
january 2013 by warnick
The End of MLAlienation?
William Pannapacker: "It’s hard to overstate the value of social media for building relationships in the profession. Today’s graduate students can arrive with a network of Twitter contacts and relationships built through dialogues on blogs. There’s also a new platform for conversation, called MLA Commons, that was launched just before the convention. So the MLA is increasingly a chance to build professional relationships that were initiated online."
williampannapacker  chronicle  mla  socialmedia  digitalself  onlineidentity  jobmarket 
january 2013 by warnick
Why We Blab Our Intimate Secrets on Facebook
"Leslie K. John and colleagues set out to discover the reason behind a common discrepancy: While many of us purport to be concerned about Internet privacy, we seem to have no worries about sharing our most intimate details on Facebook."
lesliekjohn  harvard  socialmedia  research  onlineidentity  digitalself 
december 2012 by warnick
Truth, Lies, and ‘Doxxing’: The Real Moral of the Gawker/Reddit Story
In her latest Wired article, danah boyd points out that doxxing is more complicated than it might seem: "[H]ow do we as a society weigh the moral costs of shining a spotlight on someone, however 'bad' their actions are? What happens when, as a result of social media, vigilantism takes on a new form? How do we guarantee justice and punishment that fits the crime when we can use visibility as a tool for massive public shaming?"
danahboyd  wiredmagazine  doxxing  onlineidentity  privacy  anonymity  reddit  4chan 
december 2012 by warnick
Google forcing reviewers to use real names
John P. Mello considers the pros and cons of Google's new policy.
google  onlineidentity  anonymity  digitalself 
december 2012 by warnick
I Tweet Honestly, I Tweet Passionately: Twitter Users, Context Collapse, and the Imagined Audience
Alice Marwick and danah boyd: "Social media technologies collapse multiple audiences into single contexts, making it difficult for people to use the same techniques online that they do to handle multiplicity in face-to-face conversation. This article investigates how content producers navigate ‘imagined audiences’ on Twitter."
socialmedia  article  danahboyd  alicemarwick  digitalself  onlineidentity 
december 2012 by warnick
Guy recreates other people's profile pics, then tries to friend them
Great Facebook prank: "After searching FB for people with the same name as me, I'd replicate their profile pic, make it my own and send them a friend request."
facebook  onlineidentity  reddit  humor  prank 
november 2012 by warnick
How to Quit Facebook Without Actually Quitting Facebook
Lifehacker: "With all the privacy issues surrounding Facebook, many people are considering quitting the site altogether. If you're not ready to take it that far, here's how to avoid the privacy breaches without completely deleting your account and losing touch with your friends."
facebook  lifehacker  privacy  onlineidentity  digitalself 
november 2012 by warnick
'I Am A Brand,' Pathetic Man Says
The Onion nails it: “It’s sort of like I’m the CEO of the company called ‘Me,’” continued the sad excuse for a man, briefly pausing to check for any comments on his latest Tumblr post about the future of social media.
theonion  onlineidentity  digitalself  personalbranding  humor 
november 2012 by warnick
Rich Kids Better Prepared to Hide Their Racist Tweets and Status Updates
Interesting take on the "Hello There, Racists!" website: "The children of highly-educated, high-income parents aren’t necessarily less racist than their peers. But they are more equipped to hide their worst thoughts from college admissions counselors and pesky journalists—meaning that they’re more likely to secure the employment and education opportunities that could help them change their tune."
racism  onlineidentity  socialmedia  casestudy 
november 2012 by warnick
Hello There, Racists!
Is doxxing OK if the victims are terrible people? "[W]ith publicly available information, let the words, names, and faces of these racists be documented so that they may be responsible for them."
onlineidentity  doxxing  racism  onlineadvocacy  tumblr  digitalself  casestudy 
november 2012 by warnick
Unmasking Reddit's Violentacrez, The Biggest Troll on the Web
Gawker discovers the identity of a notorious Reddit user and, after confronting him, publishes the information. A fascinating, disturbing story, and an excellent piece of journalism.
reddit  casestudy  onlinecommunities  onlineidentity  research  ethos  anonymity  3844 
october 2012 by warnick
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