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Identity Project

27 Mar

For my identitiy project, I focused on all of the sites I use as well as pictures that describe who I am. This project is not complete and I had so many problems along the way. I also have many other things I want to add to it as well as change parts of my narrative. I am finally getting the hang of prezi. Enjoy

http://prezi.com/ttmfr8dxpxae/my-identity/

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facebook vs twitter

5 Mar

I never thought living without Facebook would be as easy as it was but without having it to regularly see what friends are doing or to see new pictures being added, I have more time to tweet on my twitter account. While many times I find it hard to tweet three times a day for class, I can always find something random to tweet. Throughout the day I can tweet multiple times but when it comes to making a tweet for class, I draw a blank. In fact, when I look at other people’s tweets I think to myself, “I wonder how they thought of that” or I see others who often tweet “I don’t know what to tweet” and I think to myself, why didn’t I think to do something that simple myself. It turns out that tweeting three times a day is harder than I thought it would be and I am very surprised each day when I spend several minutes thinking of what to tweet. As the semester has continued though, I have interacted more with other people in the class making it much easier to retweet things they say or to even comment on tweets they have posted. It makes the whole process much easier and this way I have more than three tweets a day for class.

Internet Identity

5 Mar

For class we were assigned to read an article called “Who Am We” which talks about our online identity. Personally I thought the article was very strange, but it did have some very good points.  After reading the article I started thinking about my online identity and about other people’s identities. How do people perceive me online? Do I act the same online as I do in person? I kept asking myself these questions and finally I made a list of all the sites I use (which is not many) and thought about how people may perceive me. First, I use Facebook. If someone were to visit my Facebook page they would see that it is private because I do not add people I do not know. I also do not have where I go to school, where I work, my phone number, or any other personal information. I do not put this information on Facebook because it is not safe to share that kind of information with the public. Even though my page is on private there are ways of getting that information. Someone will be able to see who my friends are, what I look like, what I do for fun, and sometimes where I am going. I do not post many status updates, so someone would not be able to tell too much about be from that. In a way I guess I am not being completely honest on Facebook because I do not give my information, but it is only to protect myself. Next, I use Twitter. The only information about my identity someone would get from Twitter about me is what I am doing and my name. My tweets are completely honest (which could probably offend someone), but that is just me. I am a very honest person and I am not going to hide who I am because I am using twitter. I also use Instagram. By looking at my Instagram, a person would see a lot of pictures of my favorite foods, my friends, and my interests. Lastly, I just started blogging for class. I do not really like blogging, but people who read my blogs can learn what I am learning about in school and my opinions on certain issues. After I figured out my different internet identities, I realized that I am the same person online as I am in person. I do not lie about anything on the internet to make myself seem “cooler.” There are so many people that lie about themselves online and it is important to be careful when using these sites because there are creepy people in the world.

A Single Week Without Facebook! Oh no!

4 Mar

A few hours with out Facebook? Sure I can do that! A day or two without Facebook? Why not? How about an entire week without Facebook? Now that is a test. Can today’s generation of Facebook users go a week without this social networking site? It really is a test to see how addicting this “drug” is for us.

After reading the article, Who am We? by Sherry Turkle, I began to think about how I look on the internet and what my identity appears to be. Furthermore, “how computers are not just changing our lives but changing our selves,” (Turkle, 1). I would have to agree that the Internet has changed my identity. Between my Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Gmail, and Optonline account, I have different identities on each one of them. Facebook is the way to connect with my friends and family that are all over the nation. Twitter is a way to talk with people who are branched more locally. And the rest are other personal and school emails.

Do I miss Facebook? I mean yes and no. Am I tempted to go on Facebook? Some of the time and it is when I am on my phone and see the bookmarks on my Internet home page. Then the weekend rolled around, a lot of my family was visiting, and I began too want to go on Facebook. Mainly, because everyone was talking about things they posted about traveling, their kids, or something funny they saw at the airport. I thought that it would be easier to be off Facebook when I was at home; however, it wasn’t easier than being at school. While being at school and not having Facebook I was able to be far more productive and get my homework and reading done earlier in the day.

Then I really began to think about my daily usage of Facebook. I get on in the morning first thing when I wake up and check all of the sites: Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, while I am doing this I usually eat my breakfast. Throughout the day I have notifications on my iPhone that keep me very up to date on all my social networking websites (Not necessary and almost wishing I didn’t have it at times). Every time I open my computer I check Facebook and Twitter even if I am just jumping on the computer to Google something. These social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter make a less than 5 minutes task anywhere from a fifteen to twenty minute task. When I sit down to do my homework it takes me another ten to twenty minutes to check each site and then shut it down and do my work. It is amazing how much of a waste of time Facebook is on a daily basis.

On Tuesday, when the Facebook strike is over, I am sure I will jump back on Facebook. However, I am really going to relook at everything I have online and to make sure the identity I propose to the cyber world is one that I am happy with. Even though I am already really careful with what I put on the Internet, after reading Turkle’s article I want to make sure that Facebook is not allowing me to, “discover things about yourself that [I] never knew before,” that are not positive qualities or different from my true identity off of the internet.

It will be interesting to see if I can stay off Facebook longer then Tuesday, or will I be ready to instantly jump on the computer and see everything I may have missed in the past week. To think of a life without Facebook is insane. For every time I go one Facebook I waste at least fifteen minutes and I go on at least six times in a single day. That makes an hour and a half each day, and then ten and a half hours each week. That is a lot of time that I could be using for homework, reading, or studying instead of seeing what all of my “Friends” or “Followers” are doing with their lives. As a future teacher that extra hour and half each day or ten hours a week will be crucial when planning lesson plans and activities for my classroom.

No Facebook

1 Mar

As a class experiment, our class was told to give up Facebook for a week. At first, I thought I was going to die without Facebook. I kept wondering what my friends were doing and I wanted to go on Facebook so badly to find out. I deleted the Facebook app as well as the Facebook chat app off of my phone so I would not be tempted to sneak on Facebook. I also changed my homepage on my laptop. Although I haven’t been on Facebook, I have noticed that I am on twitter way more than I ever have been. I have been without Facebook for three days and I love it. I no longer mind not knowing what everyone is doing or where my friends are. I also find myself being more productive. I have been spending the time I used to spend on Facebook on other things such as homework, studying, or using twitter. I thought for sure I would have caved in and used Facebook a million times already, but I haven’t. When I told my friends that I was giving up Facebook they thought I was crazy. They tried convincing me to cheat or sneak on Facebook so I wouldn’t miss anything. I kept going back and forth on whether or not I could actually be Facebook free, but as soon as I did it, I was happy. I thought of all the positive outcomes from not having Facebook such as being more productive and being more professional when the time comes for me to get my first teaching job. I’m glad I gave up Facebook for a week, but when the week is over, I’m deleting Facebook. By giving up Facebook, I realized that there are other ways to communicate with others, not having a Facebook will only improve my chances of getting a job in the future, and I have been more productive without Facebook.

No Facebook for a Week?!

1 Mar

I was given an assignment to not use Facebook for a whole week. Let me tell you it has only been two days and it has been hard. I am usually always logged onto Facebook on my phone and when I get bored, I go on and check out what’s going on. I haven’t been able to do that and I almost feel a sense of withdrawal. I don’t really use Facebook to post stuff and keep people updated on my life. I use it to keep in touch with my friends, to post pictures, and do what everyone is notorious for doing… stalking. I think stalking can be too harsh though because you aren’t really “stalking” you’re just looking up different people who you may or may not be friends with.

As a student, not being able to log onto Facebook has helped me to not procrastinate as much and actually get my work done. When I go onto my computer, since I can’t use Facebook I resort to getting my homework done which has helped me to feel less stressed so far. As for my friends, it doesn’t really make a difference that I’m not on Facebook because I communicate to my friends through other ways such as texting, and I see them on a daily basis. Facebook is primarily for keeping in touch with people you don’t see as often. Since you already don’t see or talk to them, what’s a week not being on Facebook matter?

As a professional, when I graduated from college I had already planned to completely delete my Facebook. At that point in my life I don’t think it will be that important anymore as I can already see it being a less prominent thing in my life now. Facebook is tricky when trying to get a job, and with me trying to become a future educator I need to be very careful of what I post online. I think it will be easier to just delete Facebook.

Even though it’s only been two days and it has been a little hard not to log on Facebook, I can see it not being as big of a deal later on in the week. I’m already starting to get used to it. Plus, I still have Twitter! J

Are You Who You Say You Are?

1 Mar

  My online identity is a good as the real me. I stay true to who am I because I believe people should take me as I am, you either love me or hate me. I am only a member of the well known sites of Facebook and Twitter and for each of those sites I say what’s on my mind. I am a person without a filter; I say whatever to whomever and it doesn’t matter where.

 

On my Facebook I have listed where I go to school, where I work, when I was born, and lots of other information you would be curious to know about me. I rarely post statuses though; I mainly use it to keep in touch with friends and to post pictures of what’s happening in my life. For my Twitter, I don’t have all the information that I have on my Facebook because Twitter to me is less formal. I mostly only use it follow celebrities and my friends who do not have a Facebook. I tweet a lot; sometimes up to 15 times a day or more. If you posted that many statuses on Facebook everyone would think you are annoying but that’s the norm for Twitter.

I do know people who reinvented themselves after high school and made all new Facebooks and things because in college, no one knows who you are. For me, I don’t care enough to do that. I kept my same Facebook (which I had only made during my senior year) and I continued to be who I always was. I had made a twitter awhile ago but I started actively using it in early 2011. I enjoy these social networking sites. They are easy to use and if you really wanted to, you could become anyone you wish to be, which could be scary because you don’t know who you are really talking to.

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