Reflective Summary for Topic 2

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Source : http://heartifb.com/2011/03/07/pros-cons-online-identity/

After reading my classmate’s post, it was interesting to know that there is a mix reviews on creating one or more online identities. Some people feel that creating more online identities me
ans it is being dishonest online as you are creating different identity about yourself.

I also understand another concern of people creating multiple online identities is the possibility of people abusing it. For example, people creating fake accounts to carry out fraud and cyberbullying.  I actually saw many cases whereby people creating fakes accounts so that they can post negative comments on other people’s profile or statuses or those who create fake accounts so that they can harasses other people online.

Hence, I actually agreed on the points that Ryan and Pearlyn brought up in their post. For Ryan, he mentioned that even if people were to create multiple online identities, people should also be professional even in a personal context and I feel that it is something people should take note. Even though it is for personal use and it will be more informal, people should also beware of what they post and be civilised in their comments and behaviour online.

Pearlyn also mentioned in her post that it actually much depends on how the person is using their online identity. If creating more than one online identity meaning they can abuse it and creating nuisance online then may be encouraging people to create multiple online identities may not be a good idea.

In conclusion, I feel that people should take responsibility in the way they behave online. Every ways has it pros and cons. If everyone plays their part in making civilised action online then it would not be a problem for people to create multiple online identities and creates concerns about people abusing it.

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Yes or No to Multiple Online Identities?

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Source : https://saberhamidi.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/topic-2-should-we-have-more-than-one-online-identity/

Before we discuss on the advantage and disadvantage of having more than one online identity, let me tell you what online identity is. Online identity is a collective of characteristics infer based on your digital footprint. For example, Zalora will make judgement on your characteristics and form an online identity for you based on the items you buy or browse. Every website you visit will create an online identity based on the action that you made and this collectivity of the different online identity also called the partial identity form up together as your online identity.

One advantage of why people choose to have more than one online identity is to get a better control in what information is being released onto the web. Nowadays, people are using online applications for buying of clothes, daily necessities and even bank transfer which people like the marketers and theft started to see the opportunity which lead to cases like identity theft getting access of bank account and misused it for their own benefit and marketers buying sets of consumer data from web owner to analyze it and implement strategies to reach out to their target segments. From my experience online, I’ve actually observe more and more university and WordPress advertisement appearing on media like Youtube and Facebook. Therefore, it is important to start protecting the security of our data by creating multiple online identities for different purposes. For example, for this module, I’ve created Twitter and WordPress using my school email so as to separate my online identity from my personal and academic and this help me to better manage my image for academic purposes.

However, the disadvantage of having many online identities is the need to put in a lot of effort in maintaining every identity and make sure that the right information is being posted to different identity. For example, accidentally using the professional account to post something unethical is something that should be avoided. As a marketer, the disadvantage will be the increase in difficulties in analyzing online human behavior as it will be hard for them to analyze and predict the actual characteristic of a person.

In conclusion, creating and managing multiple identities can be one of the skills that people should adopt to keep their privacy intact. It is important to have a clear idea on how we want to shape our image online and our responsibility in securing our own data from leaking out.

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Here is one video that I find it useful in understanding how people track and analyze our behavior online. Hope you find it useful too!

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