Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. LinkedIn.
What do these social medias have in common? Me! Well at least different personas of me.
Fieseler, Meckel and Ranzini (2015) describe how a person can have multiple distinct online personalities that represent different aspects of real life. Riberio (2009) adds that these personalities are decentralised and that people use virtual passports (online platforms) to freely explore new experiences. In this blog post, I want to explore how these online identities differs from platform to platform and reflect upon the different facets of the ‘real’ me.
It wasn’t long ago that I said that Facebook is where all of my friends annoy me. This is a half truth or as much as I could express myself in a tweet. Facebook for me is my central social media. It is where I post about my every day life, share videos and photos of things I enjoy, tag friends in memes, and it is where I do a lot of my correspondence.
Sorry to all my friends, I love you all… all 1168 of you… equally
I can admit that my posts are sometimes influenced by my friends. Cheung, Chiu and Lee (2011) conducted an experiment that looked at the reasons why students use Facebook and concluded that group norms are a significant factor for having users interact on Facebook. As the user, I’m aware of the values of my friends and am more likely to share content that aligns with their views. For example, I have a lot of filmmaking friends and if I read an inspiring article about an aspect of filmmaking, I will choose to share it based on how much I believe others will enjoy it. Alternately, I will post what I believe is an interesting anecdote for others about my day and avoid posting statuses that I believe will be ignored or seen as boring.
My Facebook profile is the closest online personality to who I actually am in reality as it covers most aspects of my life. The main difference is I dictate what is shown on my profile e.g. I need to approve tags and posts by my friends for it to appear on my timeline. I have in the past also gone back on my profile and hidden a lot of content that either is embarrassing or written by a younger less intelligent Dylan. RIP Past Dylan.
Oh Twitter, almost 1000 tweets and I left you for a year and a half. I’m sorry I dumped you to focus on using Instagram more but you have been able to grow so much without me and I’m so happy that you are back in my life.
Twitter for me has always had one purpose: open forum. It has been a way to express myself and join discussions with other people and hashtag communities. I feel Twitter is a pretty safe place to communicate my thoughts and ideas due to its platform structures and ability to create open discussions… provided you can say it in 140 characters or less. The character limit on Twitter often requires me to be concise about what I say and this forces me to ponder on what I am actually trying to say – usually there is a better way to get the message across.
Relating back to the real world, Twitter explores my curiosity. It’s the part of me that wants to know more, probe questions, challenge and be challenged, explore concepts and ultimately be a part of the conversation. If Facebook is the personal side to me then Twitter is my intellectual. I’m less concerned with audience values when compared with Facebook (maybe that’s because not many of my friends use Twitter) but I’d rather have them engage with me and who knows, maybe we would learn something from one another.
My Instagram started as I began to explore my creative side more and ventured down the path of filmmaking. It started as a scrapbook for a holiday to Torquay that I took with friends and slowly became a way I could express myself with images rather than words. I don’t tend to worry about how followers may respond to my post but I do put a lot of thought in what hashtags I use as to reach a greater relevant audience.
While my Instagram has been used as a photo blog, I see it as an artistic outlet for myself to post and discover creativity. Throughout my Instagram, there are lots of photos and videos uploaded inspired by my education, pop culture, emulation of others, and things that just fascinate me. Instagram is the embodiment of my creativity.
The new kid on the block in terms of my social media profiles. This ultimately comes down to me recently understanding the value of professional profiles. Having a professional profile is critical in today’s age as our online self has become a part of our identity (Frunzaru & Garbasevschi, 2016) and most importantly the line between professional and
private has become blurred. (Fieseler, Meckel & Ranzini, 2015)
LinkedIn serves as an online resume and represents the professional component of myself. My connections on LinkedIn are people who I have worked with at a professional level.
While I don’t usually post anything on here, it serves as a static page that has a long history of my work experience and education. I know that the last two times I applied for a job that my LinkedIn had been reviewed by that employer and in interviews I have been asked things that have been on my profile but not submitted on my CV.
Now that we have visited the many social medias of Dylan Hornsby, let us review who is Dylan Hornsby? Just like all humans, I come with many different facets and I believe the above online identities go on to describe the individual features of me and who I am in reality (almost). While this is a very simplified review of my online personalities, my actual identity is far more complex than the four factors presented in this blog and they don’t tell the whole story. What they do tell you is how I behave differently across my social media profiles and the personas created by these behaviours. So who is Dylan Hornsby… he is complicated.
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My Broader Online Activity and Engagement
I have done everything within my power to be engaged with ALC203 and it shows: just look up Hornsby in the Tiffit Tally! So how did I get such a high score on the Tally Board? Well on Twitter I try to challenge students to think deeper and more critically:
Who likes polls? Me!:
I try different things no every one else is doing:
I take pop culture and make it relevant to the unit:
I’ve made interesting blog posts and asked for feedback:
But most of all… I’m having fun!
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Cheung, C, Chiu, P, & Lee, M 2011, ‘Online Social networks: Why do students use Facebook?’, Computers in Human Behaviour, vol. 27, no. 4, pp1337-1343, retrieved 14 April 2016, ScienceDirect
Fieseler, C, Meckel, M & Ranzini G 2015, ‘Professional Personae – How Organizational Identification Shapes Online Identity in the Workplace’, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, vol. 20, no. 2, pp 153-170, retrieved 16 April 2016, EBSCOhost
Frunzaru, V & Garbasevschi, D 2016, ‘Students’ Online Identity Management’, Journal of Media Research, vol. 9 no. 1, pp 3 – 13, retrieved 14 April 2016, EBSCOhost
Riberio, J 2009 ‘The increase of the experiences of the self through the practice of multiple virtual identities’, Journal of PsychNology, vol. 7, no. 3 pp 291-302, retrieved 14 April 2016, EBSCOhost