So this week we are focusing on two different themes, firstly online identity and second, privacy and surveillance. By using the readings outline for this week (which I will post a link to or reblog) I will discuss questions such as where, what and how do I release personal information on what social networking platforms.
Firstly I want to answer the where question by sharing the types of social media that I do use. I currently have a Facebook account, LinkedIn Account, Instagram, and for this class I have obviously started this WordPress blog, and a Twitter account. I do not have a personal Twitter account (shocking I know), and I used to have a Tumblr account but it was been out of use for a while now.
After listing my different types of social media that I use, and going through some of the readings, I realized that one of the readings from TEDBLOGS pretty much nailed it on the head by stating out the different fantasies or illusions these online personas give us. This could answer the question of why. It states that we use social media because 1) we’ll have attention everywhere 2) we’ll always be heard 3) we’ll never have to be alone. Even if you are too ashamed to believe it, it’s really true. Our generation craves constant attention and information. So much so that this social networking sites are starting to adapt, and allow us to customize and share so much of our personal lives in order to fulfill those above 3 criteria.
Back to the initial questions of what and how I release personal information on what social networking platforms, I don’t even think that it’s a question of “how” do I release personal information via social media, or “what” information I release it just happens. Like danah m. boyd & Nicole B. Ellison’s article discuss that sites can appeal to people of different races, sexual preferences, religions, or nationalities. Therefore those people need to disclose any of the above traits, in order to connect with others of similar characteristics. It’s actually embedded in the design of social media site to require people to release various demographic information about themselves to create an account. For me social media is specifically designed to expose all of my personal information, and in doing so I get that satisfaction and attention I wanted in the first place. The NY Times article titled, “The Flight of Conversation” argues “we are able to be with one another, and also elsewhere, connected to wherever we want to be. We want to customize our lives” We are so concerned with the online persona that we create, and trying to maintain a relevant online presence with constant uploads and status updates. danah m. boyd Nicole B. Ellison also talk about how sites are now incorporating new information and communication tools such as mobile connectivity and photo/blog sharing to be able to constantly be in contact with this different social media platforms.
Overall I think that it is necessary for users of social media to disclose tons of personal information about themselves whether it be by picture uploading, adding to their profile where they have attended school, or even what their home town is. BUT that is why we do it, we love for everyone to know what we are doing, at every moment of everyday.
If you agree/disagree, or just have something to add leave me a comment! I’d love to hear other peoples experiences as well!!