Reflecting on Online identity

My initial argument when it came to online identities, skewed towards the benefits of having multiple identities or being anonymous online. Adam’s comment on my blog and the link he included to a wired article bought to my attention the potential motivations some people might have for creating false persona’s online. It also bought to my attention how a false persona can be abused in order to make someone’s argument appear more legitimate by making sock puppet accounts to agree or disagree with a post. This got me into thinking about just how flawed using social media accounts is in order to seem more authentic online.

Adam’s blog discussed the potential new way Web 3.0 technologies could bring for managing online identity. This got me thinking that Web 3.0 could change the existing paradigm of being forced to surrender personal information to social networks in order to be perceived as an authentic person. Following this I researched into web 3.0 further. I found that theoretically, the new model for managing an identity online, would allow users to choose when personal information is pulled from a platform and when they retain complete anonymity. As discussed in this medium article. This new insight caused me to reflect on the potential future methods for managing online identity, as per my responding comment. The video below expands on the potential differences I have reflected on for Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 for managing identities.

Source: (Dodd,R,2018) created with biteable

Reading Stefan’s blog and responding to it got me to consider the pitfall of social media when it comes to prospective employers and how information gleamed from employee’s online profiles can be used as a basis for deciding not to hire someone, or for disciplinary action as I found in this article.

Conclusion

Upon reflecting on the different ways identity can be managed online, and the potential changes that Web 3.0 could being, I have created a chart below to show how I now intend to alter managing my own identity.

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Source: (Doddr,R, 2018) created with Canva

 

Word Count: 330

 

Comments

Comment on Adam’s Blog

Adam’s response to my comment

Adam’s comment on my blog

My response to Adam’s comment on my blog

Comment on Stefan’s Blog

 

Bibliography

BBC News. (2017). I lost my job over a Facebook post. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-41851771 [Accessed 30 Apr. 2018].

Seife, C. (2014). The Weird Reasons Why People Make Up False Identities on the Internet. [online] WIRED. Available at: https://www.wired.com/2014/07/virtual-unreality-the-online-sockpuppets-that-trick-us-all/[Accessed 30 Apr. 2018].

Zago, M. (2018). Why the Web 3.0 Matters and you should know about it. [online] Medium. Available at: https://medium.com/@matteozago/why-the-web-3-0-matters-and-you-should-know-about-it-a5851d63c949 [Accessed 30 Apr. 2018].

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