What is our online identity?

I guess that my last blog did not post properly so here it is.

This week I was asked to search Hyomin Moon. My technique for this was to use the steps that I have learned from the TV show Catfish on MTV. The steps begin by finding all of the information or profiles you have contact with, being her blog and twitter, then check other social media platforms to see if there is anyone similar. Take the information from the online profiles to google, such as searching the school they are affiliated with or doing a reverse image search on their photos.

I started my search by going onto her professional blog. I knew prior that she was in her third year of middle years’ education at the U of R. On her blog there she has a page explaining who she is and a little about her life growing up including the fact that she was born and raised in South Korea but has lived in Regina for more than five years.

I went to her twitter page next, since it was so nicely advertised on the side of her blog. As I was looking through her account, she is mostly following those within our EDTC 300 course as well as some teachers that are active on twitter.

After the blog and the Twitter account, finding another social media platform was difficult. I try a few different combinations of Instagram handles that could match her name, but I was not able to find any. The other network I tried was Facebook. There were two different profiles with the name Hyomin Moon, one is from Korea and the other was a faceless profile that attending school at the University of Regina.

I finished by doing a basic google search of her name followed by Regina and Saskatchewan. Due to the fact that he last name is moon, most of the result were about the moon phrases.

It is clear to see Hyomin’s digital identity is quite small but professional, there is nothing on the social platforms that her students or parents of students would not be able to see.

 Nicole Lee explains in her article “Having multiple online identities is more normal than you think”, many people have different profiles for different people in their life, for example Instagram is for their friends and Facebook is for family.

This got me thinking whether it is better to have a small or large online identity. As Jon Ronson explains in his TED talk, we surround ourselves with like-minded people, and we are able to feed off of those people. Having a smaller online identity can allow one to make more personal connections with each other, but those people may not help you grow as a person. But on the flip side is it better to be more known and open yourself to the world of cancel culture. I think it truly comes down to what you are comfortable putting online, but understand that things can also end up online without your permission.

I also decided to do a quick google search of myself. Coming into this I knew that there was another Sarah Wright that is of similar age to me living in Saskatchewan (no we are not related), so I knew that when googling my name, I would need to put Estevan after it. I also have the joy of sharing a name with the actress Sarah Wright Olsen so it is a little harder to find myself online. When googling Sarah Wright Estevan on google images the articles I am link to are involving my job at the local library, my old dance recital photos and the Women of Today Awards; the google search is quite similar.

 

 

 

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One thought on “What is our online identity?

  1. I really liked the points on whether you should have a large or small online identity! Almost all the time people are trying to have a large online identity and get the most followers but I like the advantages you have for having a small one!

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