Review on topic 2 online identity and online identities..

Sometimes hiding behind a online identity, people are more vocal than real life because with a fake identity they can be whoever they want.

After reading more about online identity in my classmate’s blog, I feel that there are points that I am lacking which they brought up.

One of those is able to discuss issues online through multiple online identities. In luna’s post, she stated that users are able to participate in forums without disclosing personal information. I feel that maybe online identities could be link to users being a visitor or resident. For example, as a visitor they aren’t interested in getting so involved in the internet hence they will create an fake online identity just to acquire information they need online. Also when having multiple online identities, there will be tendencies of forgetting all the identities you have like the username and password.

Also one issues that I feel is important when having more than one online identities is online security. In Audrey’s post, she showed a video of the consequences if we don’t increase our online security. Even though we create different online identities for different purposes, we still must be wary of whatever we post. Because whatever is uploaded in the internet, it can never be erase hence we should always be careful not to post bank information or personal records that you wouldn’t want people to know online.

As a marketer, there are some benefits and drawbacks as well. For example, in crystal’s post, she mention that marketers are able to find online profile with authenticity and big community engagement for advertising as it will reflect well on their brand.

Overall, after reading through my friend’s thoughts, I feel that there isn’t a right or wrong having multiple online identities is how we make use of it.

With that we say goodbye to online identities and if you have a few minutes to spare watch this video of this of how a online identity can ruin your relationship.

Here are my comment one Tian Yi’s and Luna’s 🙂

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Topic 2: Having more than one online identity, good or bad?


The cartoon above shows that anybody can self represent themselves on the internet, because personal information can be fabricated. This leads me to the topic of the day, Online Identity.

So you may ask, what exactly is Online Identity?

Online Identity is information about individual in the internet, it is the sum of your characteristics and interactions. A person’s online identity can be different from the person’s real-world identity.


The above image shows an example of a partial identity, users use different identity in each website you visit.
Some of the purpose why users have multiple identities online could be separating personal and professional. Or just having different identities for different interest, for example, I personally have two accounts for Instagram, one account is personal where I follow my family and friends only, the another account is to follow accounts that I am interested in like food, celebrities, etc. Because I feel that I don’t want people that I am unfamiliar to gain access to my private information, we wouldn’t know what will they do with the information.

That leads us to our next topic, is having more than one online identity GOOD or BAD?

In a user point of view, they are able to separate their private life with professional. Sometimes when you just want to share the food you had for dinner or rant about how you got stuck in the traffic but you are unable to because your boss is following you on Facebook. With a different account, you are able to talk about news that is related to the job you are in so that your colleagues and client will be interested, while still able to share your personal stories on the other account.
By having separate accounts for different interest or purpose, marketers are able to target user more effectively. Marketers will be able to use user’s information and online activities to advertise them the relevant things that they are most likely be interested in.

By having many identities, the main worry is credibility. Other users will wonder if the user they are following is real, if information the user provided is true. And also with a fake account, users can be whoever they want, they could be stealing profiles or even worst cyberbullying. Marketers on the other hand, will not be able to have a accurate target group because users might enter false information about themselves.

Hence there isn’t a correct answer if multiple identities is good or bad, it depends on the purpose of having it.

Here is a video of how internet identities has evolve, sit back and enjoy! 🙂


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Topic 1: Digital “Visitors” and Digital â€śResidents”

A: Do you post a video on your recipe of chocolate chip cookies?
B: Do you go online to find the recipe for the chocolate chip cookies?

A: Do you write your reviews on blogs/forum whenever you have a meal at a cafe?
B: Do you go online to check the operating hours/location of the cafe?

If you relate more to ‘A’ you are mostly a digital ‘residents’. If you relate more to ‘B’ you are mostly a digital ‘visitors’. So what exactly is digital resident or digital visitors?!

A digital ‘residents’ is where people spend a large amount of time online. They have the sense of belonging online; they have a social presence too. For example, first thing in the morning, once their eyes are open instead of reaching out for a toothbrush, they will reach out for their phones to check their social media accounts.


A digital ‘visitors’ are people who only use the Internet when they need to. But they will avoid having any social presence if possible.

Dave White created the terms “digital resident and visitors” where he states that the categorization is by the motive or behavior of the users. While Marc Prensky created the terms “digital natives and immigrants”, he groups users by time of birth.

I agree that upbringing will effect on our Internet presence. But doesn’t mean the same generation should be group together, a 50 years old will still know how to comment on Facebook or post a picture on Instagram. And sometimes even an adult will be more experience in the digital technology world then a teenager. Sometimes doesn’t mean updating social media accounts means that you are an expert in digital technology because there are more opportunities in the digital world then just posting a picture of your food.

For example, my mum she’s a vivid user of Facebook, whatever photos she takes when she’s in overseas she will share it with all her friends though Facebook. While my dad, which is the same age as my mum doesn’t believes in any social presence. He feels photo should be printed, sharing should be face to face. Seeing that both of them are the same generation but it’s clear that my mum is a resident while my dad is a visitor. An example like that shows that there is no right or wrong being either a resident or visitor, everyone will have their own views on the type of sharing, the type of communicating even the type of making business.

With that I end my thought of digital resident and visitors. Do post a comment if you agree or disagree on this topic (:


White, D. S. and Cornu. A. Le (2011) Visitors and residents: A new typology for online engagement, at, accessed 30 October 2015

Marc Prensky, 2009. “H. sapiens digital: From digital immigrants and digital natives to digital wisdom,” Innovate, volume 5, number 3, at, accessed 30 October 2015

#MANG2049 Digital Profile – Self Test

Self Test at the start of the module

Accessing, managing and evaluating online information – Rating 3

During my studies at my polytechnic, we were required to access information for our projects and report. So searching for online materials is not new to me but I still have difficulties validating if the materials are creditable for the report and currently, I still take quite some times to search for the exact information I need.

Participating in online communities – Rating 2

I regularly watch Youtube videos so I will comment or like the videos at times. Also having a Instagram and Twitter account, occasionally I will comment on my friend’s photo or Tweet. But I have not commented on any forums before.

Building online networks around an area of interest – Rating 2

I often watch Youtube videos to learn baking or get inspiration for DIY ideas.

Collaborating with others – Rating 3

I have social media accounts that allows me to connect with my friends, to share my pictures and even journal down my thoughts of the day. However I have yet to collaborate with people for working purposes and excited to find out what the methods to do so throughout this module.

Creating online materials (text, audio, images, video) – Rating 3

I have created videos and slides shows for school related projects. I also started to create a travel video about my trip overseas as a personal interest and use dayre to share my pictures or journal down my thoughts or share any interesting events that happen to me with my friends.

Managing your online identity – Rating 3

Because I am quite a private person, I don’t share my social media accounts or contents publicly. I am also careful of what I post to be aware that whatever I post, there might be a chance other users that is not related to me can see it.

Managing your online privacy and security – Rating 3

I private all my social media accounts and set filters so that my post is private. I also regularly change my password and be extra careful when I use my social media accounts on other computers or phone.

At the end of the module, I hope to learn more and improve on my digital profile 🙂