Sunday, August 15, 2010
My online identity - what do I want it to be?
After listening to Week 4's session with Sarah on 'online identity', it got me thinking about the comparison to our real life identity. Having met Sarah personally last year after following her musings for awhile I feel that her online identity matches what I saw in real life. I found her to be an upfront, open person who was willing to disclose information about her herself (her life, work and personality) to make deeper connections with the people she met. I found this refreshing and exciting because I find it rare these days to come across someone who is as open as Sarah, especially to that extent. As humans we have a need to develop relationships (social or otherwise) with others. How we communicate, present our selves, behave, develop and grow impacts on how we interact with others and the level in which that relationship forms. An online identity allows a person to be as close too or as far away from the real person as they want to be. The level of control over this issue raises many concerns and call it idealistic but I too feel confortable with having my online identity match my real identity but respect those who for what ever reason do not.