This week’s topic about online identity has made me aware that I must not stop being vigilant about signing in to apps on my mobile and tablet. I will have to go and explore all my security settings on my profiles again, especially since it gets changed along the way… And then you think you are still safe, and they have changed their policies.
I found this blog post By Adrian Covert on Flipboard for keeping your online identity secure:
I have to work through it again.
My own motto with regards online identity is:
Honesty, transparency and responsibility!
I try to reflect the real me, while being responsible in the way I do it!
I use my real name, with my own photo. I haven’t been able to create a perfect Avatar yet!
My ultimate hero in online identity is Gwyneth Jones at The Daring Librarian. She inspires me with her Avatars and how to create it in detailed instructions. I love the Electronic Portfolio she has created for her online identity!
I have in recent times started to create my own online identity, but through Vizify.
It makes it really very easy to compile all your online identities into one space, and it works well for a professional presence.
I am linking all my online profiles to here: https://www.vizify.com/karen-du-toit
Up until now I have not separated my professional and business profiles. I have a private blog, as well as this blog, but both feed to Twitter into one account. I also update our Libraries’ blog, as well as the website, and keep social presences for them as well!
I know it can be frustrating to read contrasting updates, especially if you have followers from a certain niche, but I do believe we are all multi-faceted people with multi-faceted lives and complexities. I personally do like to see that the people I follow are real people and not robots!
Online identity is connection, and people need to see the person behind the photo/avatar and the About-statement!
My rule of thumb that I have picked up from the online community:
Do not ever say anything that you do not want your mother or your employer to see!
It keeps you safe, and out of trouble!
(Photo: Patrick Pretorius)