Week 9 – Adventures in Digital History – Digital Identity

Creating a digital identity is hard at first because you may not have a lot of works to show off. I looked at a few blogs and articles that focused on creating a digital identity and they all pointed out various thoughts to consider.

I looked at the site of Jessica Reingold, who has such a artistic aspect to her blog that really portrays who she is, as well as all the academic achievements she has. I then read the article, Creating Your Web Presence: A Primer for Academics, which talked about how to maintain a web presence and how it helps one’s professional career. The article gave step-by-step explanations on how to have an effective online site, such as having multiple social media spaces and actively participating in them. I really liked this article because it lays out the first steps that someone would want to know when starting their digital identity.

Who Owns the Digital You? is another article, by Tim Chambers, I read. The article talked about your other identity, which is your digital presence, and how much privacy you supposedly have on the web. When we agree to service agreements, we then allow the providers to use our personal information and it then becomes public. How to See What the Internet Knows About You (And How to Stop It) by Tim Herrera talks about how you are tracked on the web and how to take precautions against the tracking. Controlling Your Public Appearance by Danah Boyd is similar to Herrera’s article. You need to be careful about what kind of information you put on the web and who will see it. Your digital identity never stops growing and there may be references to you on the web that even you do not know about.

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