This isn’t the last you’ll see of me

Prior to this module, my presence online was not as successful as I had believed. Re-reading my pre-module quiz highlights how little I knew about having an Online Presence, including my own. Though I had a Facebook account and a Twitter; that was it. But even the way I used Twitter, did not utilise its potential. The way I now use Twitter and the connections I have has completely changed through this module.  My followers have increased by 62 people, and the interaction I have had with other users has increased.

Tweets like the one below have been useful in growing discussions with companies, helping me gain knowledge, and over-come issues:

As well as adapting my existing Online Presence to be more successful, I have increased the number of platforms I use regularly. I have created profiles on LinkedIn, About.me, Youtube, Storify, ScoopIt and Pathbrite. All of which I have kept up to date. My LinkedIn profile required the most amount of work to get started, but has since been one of the most valuable. When ever I work with, or meet someone I have been adding them to my network. My network has continuously grown, currently at 89 connections. I have also become a part of groups including: Digital Humanities, Digital Humanities/ Computing, SotonDH.

I took this module as a chance to find new ways of expressing myself online. Therefore throughout the module I have taken every opportunity to find new ways of responding to the topic set. These have included vlog, PowToon and Prezi. Samples of all the ways I blogged can be seen on my Pathbrite portfolio: https://pathbrite.com/portfolio/P7JVuPskG/living-and-working-on-the-web

These new tools have given me a way of blogging and interacting in the future. By having learnt so many new presentation tools, I have a bank of them that I can use when needed. I want to take this forward into my career. The way of aggregating online sources through ScoopIt, is another thing that I will continue to do. It has been very helpful seeing online sources for a topic in one place.  As well as being useful tools for my career, these tools allow me to appear a well rounded person. I have more to discuss in interviews, more that makes me unique. By reading blog posts employers can begin to get an idea of me. Who i am, my writing style, what I like, what I dislike.

This module as well as giving me an increased knowledge and awareness of Living and Working on the Web, has also introduced me to new opportunities. I have become and Innovation and Digital Literacies Champion for the University, and also used my research in PhD applications. This blog post is titled “This isn’t the last you’ll see of me”, because it wont be. The module may end, but I will continue blogging, carry on building my online presence and continuing to learn new tools.  I have begun a journey into using the Web to it’s full advantage. Transitioning from a Digital Visitor to a Digital Resident.

Spotify: A Controversial Topic Summary.

This week’s blog post sparked a huge amount of discussion with engagement across #UOSM2033 and #MANG2049.

I began the week by looking at UOSM2033 blog posts by Catherine and Pippa both on very different areas of open access to those I had discussed. Pippa introduced me to Wix:

This was a great learning curve, beginning to see new platforms. The discussions I had with both Pippa and Catherine centred on the de-professionalization of professions due to open access and the way that open access has directly affected our academic studies.

However, the majority of the development in knowledge gained this week was through extensive debates on Spotify featured on my blog post.

Check out my storify of twitter conversations MANG2049 and UOSM2033 students had this week on Spotify: 

I had numerous contributions to the debate from Charmaine, Yvonne, Zoe, Sara, Calum and Dom. The debates we had included discussing whether Spotify was an asset to the music industry or not.  And in Zoe’s summary post she discusses this even further; through a chart. Another theme of the discussions was the extra benefits that Spotify provides: allowing individuals access to new music, new artists and a larger catalogue that ever before. Frequently the topic of reduced piracy was introduced into the discussions.

Calum and Dom particularly brought to light the idea of the very small amount of money Spotify pays the artists per play. This led into discussions on whether Spotify is sustainable and the other platforms that artists make revenue from. 

Overall I found it particularly interesting to discuss with an inter-disciplinary group Spotify. It was fascinating to hear the passionate arguments of those for and against it. A lot of people are on Spotify, and therefore it is interesting to see how those who use it to listen, distribute and create music think about it. 

Spotify: Decreasing Piracy or Diminishing the Music Industry?

This week I have created a PowToon check it out below.

To view on PowToon:  http://www.powtoon.com/embed/cWHUTfjPJFg/

References

As i discovered so many great and interesting resources this week, check them all out on my scoopit. I have added my thoughts to each of my references for the week:

http://www.scoop.it/t/spotify-decreasing-piracy-or-diminishing-the-music-industry

Breaking Down the Four Walls of the Classroom: My adventures of Vlogging, reviewed.

I started my week by asking for the advice of friend who has an active vlogging account: Little Chunks of Ben. This was invaluable advice, including making sure you have a music background to keep the viewers engaged, planning the Vlog and generally a bit of encouragement to go for it! As well as learning a lot about Vlog’s this week, the discussions I have had with other members of the class have been invaluable. 

On a personal level, I really appreciated the support Catherine showed me by responding to my Vlog with her own: 

Our video discussions were based on cyber bullying. We had both looked at this topic as part of this week’s post. However Catherine discussed teachers being bullied online. Something often ignored, it was important to remember that the school has a duty of care for the teachers, the same way as they do for the pupils. Our discussion concluded with us suggesting the best way forward is training, and individuals like us, acting as ambassadors teaching individuals the affects their words have on the web!

Pippa and I discussed authenticity and scrutiny on the web: using the case of Justine Sacco as the basis for discussion, discussed in my Week 2 blog. I revisited the events of Justine Sacco’s story and came to question the influences that scaremongering from companies can have on individuals Twitter presence. Is it right that we should not post something through fear of losing a job- if it is authentic and represents our true feelings? What if individuals want to post a bad review of a hotel and this will impact them negatively- discussions I had with Jess were based around this question of “freedom of speech”. 

The discussion Jess and I had revealed the importance of analysing the language we use when displaying ourselves on the web. Using “muppets” and describing a place as a “rotten stinking hovel” is unprofessional, and therefore is not going to display the writer positively. Trip Advisor is a great platform for displaying your reviews on hotels, restaurants and other holiday activities, if these are done in a professional manner they are really useful for individuals looking to go on holiday. I use this website a lot do check out hotels before I go abroad, however due to the inconsistencies between individual people you have to learn to take a broad look at all the reviews and not focus on single reviews. Individuals should always be given the freedom of speech online; however we must remember the importance of doing this in a professional and presentable manner. 

This week’s discussions have greatly reflected the discussion had in Week 2. Since then I have learnt a huge amount about how we display ourselves online: looking at the ethics, along with the responsibility of this being down to the individual. We can train, inform and advise, but in the end the individual decides how they use the World Wide Web. 

Breaking down the four walls of a classroom: social media in education

For this weeks blog I have made a Vlog, check it out bellow!

 

 

References:

Allie Bidweu, “Check out that selfie: how to use social media in the classroom”, http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/01/17/check-out-that-selfie-how-to-use-social-media-in-the-classroom [accessed 20.11.14]

Editorial, “Twitter abuse: easy on the messenger”, http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jan/24/twitter-abuse-abusive-tweets-editorial?CMP=twt_gu  [accessed 19.11.14]

Institute of Buisness Ethics, “The Ethical Challenges of Social Media”, http://www.ibe.org.uk/userassets/briefings/ibe_briefing_22_the_ethical_challenges_of_social_media.pdf, [accessed 18.11.14]

Katie Lepi, “How to Use Social Media In Education (Part 2 of 2)”, http://www.edudemic.com/social-media-in-education-series/ [accessed 20.11.14]

Laura McMuller, “3 tips on integrating technology in the classroom,” http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/high-school-notes/2012/01/25/3-tips-on-integrating-technology-in-the-classroom [accessed 19.11.14]

Matt Britland, “Social media for schools: a guide to Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest”, http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2010/jul/26/social-media-teacher-guide [accessed 19.11.14]

pulkit, “The Barriers To Using Social Media in Education (Part 1 of 2),” http://www.edudemic.com/social-media-in-education-2/ [accessed 18.11.14]

Vickie Davis, “A Guidebook to Social Media in the Classroom,” http://www.edutopia.org/blog/guidebook-social-media-in-classroom-vicki-davis [accessed 18.11.14]

 

Topic 3: Time to reflect.

During this topic, I have not solely engaged with those involved on the course, networking with other Twitter users. Reflecting the topic starting point- discussing an authentic online presence- has given me the chance to treat twitter “like a cocktail party”, networking through it. One of these was a conversation with EvolvewebsiteDesign, to read click on the tweet bellow.

Along with using the past two weeks to network through twitter, I learnt a lot from the conversations, discovering and interacting with others blog posts.

Freya’s blog post stated with a very useful Youtube video:

I used this topic to analyse my personal brand, and this video helped me further reflect on it. The video emphasises the elements of everyday life that need to be reflected in your self-brand online. Once we leave the computer, we do not leave our self-brand. Employers will question the inconsistency if in person we are different to online. With modern day technology, we very rarely are completely offline; this highlighted again to me the importance of authenticity in an online-brand.

Charlie and I delved into discussion on the importance of profile pictures showing professionalism and authenticity. Her opinions reflected mine, engaging us in conversation of increasing authenticity through an ‘informal’ yet professional approach to Twitter and Blogs; creating an online personality, which reflects our offline one. I use Instagram to give my online presence personality. I use it to express my love for healthy eating and cooking. This allows me to share photos of my cooking, whilst remaining professional.

This week, through interacting with those on the course, and individuals outside, I feel I have really begun to develop an authentic online presence; allowing me to analyse my presence online, and adjust where needed.

 References 

Stone Throw’s Media. (2013) Personal Branding- why is it important? [Online] Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a0Vm0zHFh0 [Accessed: 9th November 2014]

Topic 3: How to create an Authentic Online Presence

This weeks blog post is in the form of a prezi presentation. As a creative student I felt it really fitted with the authenticity topic; for me to reflect on the weeks research in a creative manner. This week I have taken the chance to reflect on whether or not I believe I maintain an authentic online presence.

Due to issues with Prezi and WordPress, The embedded link below may not complete loading. Therefore the prezi can be accessed here: http://prezi.com/l3zv7-vyvww4/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

Photo credit [forprezi image]:  <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/epublicist/9733284483/”>ePublicist</a&gt; via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a&gt; <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/”>cc</a&gt;

References: 

A. Henry, (2012) ‘How to clean up your online presence and make a great first impression’. Date Accessed: 4.11.14.

A. Pacitti, (2012) ‘Employ Adam: Adam Pacitti’s Video CV‘, video. Date Accessed: 4.11.14.

B. Croxall, (2010) ‘How to Google Yourself Effectively and What to Do About It’. Date Accessed: 5.11.14.

D. Schawbel, (2011), ‘5 Reasons Why Your Online Presence Will Replace Your Resume in 10 Years’. Date Accessed: 6.11.14.

G.Vaynerchuk, Crush It! ‘Why Now Is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion.’ (New York: HarperStudio, 2009). Print.

hein2006, Crush It, cash in your passion, (2010) slide share. Date Accessed: 4.11.14.

jetsetshow, (2010) ‘7 Steps To Building Your Online Identityvideo presentation. Date Accessed: 21.10.14

J. Jarvis, (2011) ‘One identity or more?‘, BuzzMachine. Date Accessed: 23.10.14

J. Linley (2011), ‘Why online CVs are essential in your job search’. Date Accessed: 5.11.14.

P. Ambron, https://brandyourself.com/info/about, Date Accessed: 4.11.14.

R. Cellan-Jones,  (2011) ‘Virtual job-hunting: Technology fills situations vacant‘, article. Date Accessed: 4.11.14

The Onion, (2012) ‘Report: Every potential 2040 President Already Unelectable Due to Facebook’, video. Date Accessed: 4.11.14.

TopCultured.com, (2009) ‘Gary Vaynerchuk Teaches Basic Social Media Principles to CNN‘, video. Date accessed: 4.11.14.

Topic 2: A reflection

My original post, “Who am I?” written just over a week ago marked the middle of my two week module on online identities. Through interacting with the class my knowledge for the topic has grown.

By reading Sophie’s blog, I quickly discovered we have opposing opinions. I believe we should present ourselves professionally at all times on the web, Sophie believes we should use social media for its social purpose: establishing we both use social media differently. Though I feel it is important to be authentic in your online identity, I  believe that everything you put on the web should be professional, as nothing is completely private.

Interacting with Catherine’s blog post; I answered the questions she set herself, allowing me to see the similarities and differences in the way we use social media. We discovered a lot of similarities in opinion; so began to discuss making sure that younger generations know that there online identity is traceable.  Catherine pointed out a lot of work has been done to bring this into education! But the main problem is it being down to the individual to put into practice. Catherine suggested a very interesting article on this topic: discussing the transition from the protected environment of Primary School to Secondary School at the same time as the transition from children’s sites, to social media.

It is easy to say “always keep your online identity professional,” however as Calum said: “we are all but human and prone to mistakes and emotional outbursts, even online.” A question I am still yet to answer, is how do we make sure that our past naivety’s to the web do not affect us later in life? Making sure that like face-to-face interactions,  that comments can be forgiven and forgotten!

Topic 2: “Who am I then?”

Online identity: the sum of the characteristics and interactions you make online. These may be personal identities, created by you or profiles made for you.

We always need to be careful with what we leave behind on the web, being conscious of our digital footprint. We must pay attention to our online identity, and therefore be aware of how we display ourselves to others via the web. One comment can cause damage to our reputation, affecting our everyday life. An example of this is Justine Sacco’s tweet in 2013 that went viral, concluding with her losing her job.

Bellow shows how Justine’s tweet went worldwide (24 hours after the original post):

This example shows us how we must keep our online identity professional, even if we believe it to be a ‘personal’ account. This example shows an advantage of having both a professional and personal twitter profile meaning you could keep one closed,  for private use.

This study, done by BuzzFeed shows just how easy it is to search individuals digital footprint:

BuzzFeedVideo, Internet Privacy Prank

Mark Zuckerburg (Facebook’s Chief Executive) believes we should all be virtually transparent: “Having two identities for yourself is an example of a lack of integrity” This lack of integrity does not fit Facebook’s values. Anonymity online, means individuals can easily take up the persona of someone else. “[A]nonymity is often the cloak of cowards.” These individuals can attack people online, lobby abuse, spread rumours and lies. Mark Zuckerberg is frequently quoted saying that Facebook was the “foundation of reality”, thus creating authenticity. Removing anonymity allows authors to receive credit for what they say.

Having multiple accounts, one private (closed) and having one professional (open) would surely give you the benefit of both worlds?

  • Protecting your reputation
  • Deciding where and how your information is shared
  • Maintaining your freedom
  • Reducing vulnerability

This resolution still does not help the creation of your personal identity. It still shows someone that is searching your digital footprint that you have something to hide. The solution would appear to be to publish more about yourself- to help the “Google” search of you to be positive. This will help keep your reputation and share more of your identity.

“The best solution is to be yourself. If that makes you uneasy, talk with your shrink. Better yet, blog about it.”

References

A. Gauthier., H. Goldman., P. Ward and A. Bianchi, (2014) “When These People Realized How Easily We Found Their Personal Info Online They Totally Freaked Out” Video of experiment. Date Accessed: 23.10.14

A. Krotoski, (2012) Online Identity: is authenticity or anonymity more important?  The Guardian. Date Accessed: 23.10.14

A. Vingiano,  (2013) “This Is How A Woman’s Offensive Tweet Became The World’s Top Story” BuzzFeed. Date Accessed: 23.10.14

C.Costa., R. Torres, (2011) “To be or not to be, the importance of Digital Identity in the networked society”  University of Salford. Date Accessed: 20.10.14

F.Harvey, (2013) “Identity and Privacy” Presentation. Date Accessed: 23.10.14

G. Jean-Malbuisson, (2014)  http://www.internetsociety.org/what-we-do/internet-technology-matters/privacy-identity, Internet Society. Date Accessed: 23.10.14

J. Jarvis, (2011) “One identity or more?”, BuzzMachine. Date Accessed: 23.10.14

jetsetshow, (2010) 7 Steps To Building Your Online Identityvideo presentation. Date Accessed: 21.10.14

M., Clear, (2014) “Why should i reveal my ‘real identity’ online? Anonymity isn’t so terrible” The Guardian. Date Accessed: 23.10.14

M. Helft, (2011) “Facebook, Foe of Anonymity, Is Forced to Explain a Secret” The New York Times. Date Accessed: 23.10.14

S. Warburton, (2010) “Rhizone: digital identity matters” Kings College London. Date Accessed: 22.10.14

Topic 1: My reflection

Since my postDigital Visitors and Residents, my knowledge of the topic has grown; through my interactions with other members of the group.

Jessica’s blog post reminded me that the birth of social media happened at the beginning of our generation- for most of us, it was our earliest experience of digital residency. We also discussed the idea of researching further the theory: looking at personality, and other characteristics that might affect where people fall on White’s continuum.

Calum, commenting on my blog post, discussed the incompleteness of the model. We discussed what it means to be a proficient web user, concluding that it is complicated to establish your proficiency in using the web: as it is likely to vary on each site you use.

Catherine asked the question: “How can we ensure that ‘residents’ of the web are able to effectively co-partmentalise their social and institutional lives, so they don’t become a blur?” This was fascinating to discuss, concluding with looking at having different social media accounts for personal and institutional use. We also discussed the concept of privatizing personal accounts, stopping institutional use. This made me think, should I separate my social from institutional lives on the web? Are we meant to lead these in separate ways?

I also read Lucy’s blog post. She clearly shows the evolution of Whites theory from Prensky’s, showing the limitations of Prensky’s model that lead to White’s theory.

My knowledge for this topic grew through the physical act of communicating with individuals on blog posts. I started to not just understand by also experience digital residency. I have started to see a digital footprint being left behind me. I understand why digital residency is important, and how we can really develop and evolve our learning through interactions with individuals on the web.