Online identity – Thing 13 of ANZ 23 Mobile Things

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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)

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Mobile Thing 2 – photos on mobile

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I have been using mobile photos all along for private and for business purposes.
It is very easy to snap away with a mobile.

Since I got my iPad2 I have been snapping away with it as well. Although it is a bit bulky, I always have it with me.

It also helps to have a photo ready for a blog post.

I have not been using Flickr as much, because the uploading takes much more time, but I have activated my personal account (karentoittoit) again.

I want to add our business account to Flickr as well.

 

 

Up until now I have been using Picasa photo albums for our business account: SABC Media Libraries.

 

I see now that the search options, as well as the tagging and grouping options makes Flickr a very valuable social media tool.

I am not yet sure on what options to choose for the copyright? Any suggestions on what is the best option?

 

I have activated the Instaweather app as well, and has been playing with it this week. Coupled with Instagram it makes for a great daily feed on Instagram.

Instagram: karentoittoit

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I am trying to find out what type of wording to use when we have taken photos of people here in the libraries. I have seen that some people use it ion their libraries. I will ask Fiona again, of  The Fiona Principle. Do you have an example for me?

I really like playing around with photographing on my mobiles.

I also think that it is the best way to engage our customers, and that people really like seeing themselves on photos taking part in the library.

Sometimes people complain that we are taking too many photos, but then they are the first checking out how their own photos in the albums… Mostly on Facebook, the blog and Picasa.

I do not tag photos as often as I used to, and leave it up to the individuals who wants to tag themselves.  I usually just send the link of the album to make people aware of the photos that have been uploaded. I have  never had anyone asking me to remove their photos.

 

The weekly wrap-up post of Week 2 give a great overview of what can be done with mobile photography, especially in the library environment. I will be checking back there: Weekly wrap-up post: week 2

 

(Photo: Taken on my Blackberry 9360 on Friday, on my way to work: The SABC building in Johannesburg.

Also used on Instaweather for an Instagram update.)