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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



Who am I according to Target?

5 Mar

Walking into Target, to purchase a new pair of heels, a new Chelsea Handler book, a memory card for my camera, a pack of twizzlers, OPI nailpolish, and new Covergirl Mascara. What is Andrew Pole thinking of me?

Instantly, they must know I am a girl and that I am around the ages of 17- 24 because the novel I purchased, the heels, and the makeup. Am I going to be comfortable with Target knowing this about me? Or is it beneficial because I will get coupons ad ads showing me the products I like that are on sale or have different promotions?

As I read the article “How Companies Learn Your Secrets,” from the New York Times by Charles Duhigg. I began to think of how different stores, websites, and companies have access to numerous pieces of information on me even if I had only shopped there once or twice. This made me think of the information people can get off your Facebook after only being on your page once or twice. Viwers can see your sex, birthday, relationships, interests, and email address. All on the Internet and now public information.

This article fascinated me because I can only imagine how many stores and online websites have different identities on me because of what I buy. They must know my exact habits of my online shopping since every ad on the side of my computer always relates to the products I was just putting in my shopping cart or checking into my wish list. I have noticed that one of my habit loops is the payday. I know that on the Friday’s I get paid I ready to go buy something, and this could be a habit for others my age. Can Target, or other stores, tell the days I get paid based on the days I shop every two weeks?

Will they be sending me ads every two weeks? (Cue) Knowing that I am more likely to spend money on the Fridays I get paid (Routine.) Then enjoy buying myself something because I worked hard and earned the money (Reward). How are we supposed to prevent them from triggering our cues that are imbedded into our routines?

Stores like Target and similar competitors have begun to create these computer-generating identities of us, but are customers going to try to prevent these customized ads by trying to break the system or encourage them? It is hard to say which side of this argument presents the greener grass or the sweeter deal. Every customer loves to have coupons or promotions for them, so aren’t these corporations helping us to help them?

As a future teacher I will be regularly buying classroom supplies, stickers, crafts, holiday items, books, and other things I will need for my classroom. If stores like Target generate this profile that place me as teacher it could help me save money and help me to see what Target has to offer compared to other stores. Target would be sending me ads and promotions for the things I needed. Yes, it would be mixed with things I didn’t necessarily need. But, if all stores did this like Target, Walmart, A.C. Moore, and Kmart, they would be able to show their consumers what they have to offer for their particular needs. Then after comparing all of these customized ads for a teacher it would be easier to decide what I would buy from each store. Isn’t it like these stores are doing the work for me when I am hunting for a bargain?

These corporations are activating our cues that fit within our routines and create our reward by buying on a regular basis at a good price. Is it weird that these corporations are creating these identities and knowing about my life? Yes. But, wouldn’t it be much easier to show us the things we need or want verses looking among numerous stores to find the items? People put too much information on social networking cites and if they aren’t concerned with that information being on the internet then they shouldn’t be concerned with the corporations like Target trying to identify their shopping profile or identity.

This was mentioned in the article and I wanted to find out if this had really happened and this is what I stumbled on:

How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did


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.

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.