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Online identity

  1. 1. Online Identity: Friend or Foe? Sarah Bodell Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy University of Salford, UK
  2. 2. Who am I? <ul><li>“ We are known by what we do” </li></ul><ul><li>(Christiansen 2004, p122) </li></ul><ul><li>Identity is fluid and is developed through interaction with others in society </li></ul><ul><li>(Filmer, Jenks, Seale and Walsh 1998) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Identity and context <ul><li>F2f identlty is context dependent </li></ul><ul><li>F2f contexts may be separate and discrete </li></ul><ul><li>The online community is vast and interwoven </li></ul>
  4. 5. Who am I online? <ul><li>People differ in how much their unconscious needs and emotions surface in their online identities (Suler 2002) </li></ul><ul><li>I could be brown, I could be blue I could be violet sky. </li></ul><ul><li>I could be hurtful, I could be purple, I could be anything you like. (Mika, Grace Kelly, song lyric ) </li></ul>
  5. 6. Who am I online? <ul><li>I would love to be windswept and interesting -not quite working though!! </li></ul><ul><li>I would like to be &quot;Meredith (Merry for short) Carmichael&quot;, a Marine Biologist. </li></ul><ul><li>I want to be me. :D </li></ul><ul><li>Eternally hopeful, especially in the face of adversity </li></ul><ul><li>I am wild… </li></ul>
  6. 7. Online identity and Professional Identity <ul><li>Issues of professional identity stem from professional socialization and development (McGowen & Hart, 1990). </li></ul><ul><li>This includes the acquisition of specific knowledge and skills and the development of new values, attitudes and behaviours (Hall, 1987; McGowen & Hart, 1990; Watts, 1987). </li></ul>
  7. 8. Standards for Professional Practice <ul><li>You must keep high standards of personal conduct. </li></ul><ul><li>You must behave with honest and integrity </li></ul><ul><li>Your behaviour must not damage the public’s confidence in you or your profession. </li></ul><ul><li>If a health professional does not meet HPC standards registration can be revoked. </li></ul><ul><li>HPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (2008) </li></ul>
  8. 9. Is this ok?
  9. 10. Or this?
  10. 11. The power of Google <ul><li>Google is not a search engine. It's a reputation management system. </li></ul><ul><li>Online your reputation is quantifiable, findable and totally unavoidable. </li></ul><ul><li>
 A single Google search determines more about how you're perceived than a multi-million dollar ad campaign. </li></ul><ul><li>http: //michelemartin . typepad .com/thebambooprojectblog/2007/10/lets-get-naked.html </li></ul>
  11. 12. Too scary? <ul><li>Some people think they can escape risk by escaping being online, but which is worse--having someone see you and know that you have some flaws or being invisible? Seems like a no-brainer to me. </li></ul><ul><li>http: //michelemartin . typepad .com/thebambooprojectblog/2007/10/lets-get-naked.html </li></ul>
  12. 13. A modern day professional necessity? <ul><li>Reputation enhancing </li></ul><ul><li>Profile development </li></ul><ul><li>Professional networking </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging with a global community </li></ul><ul><li>CPD </li></ul>
  13. 14. Consider <ul><li>Build you identity carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Think about the image you wish to convey </li></ul><ul><li>Choose the best tools for the job </li></ul><ul><li>Manage and monitor your identity regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain your visibility </li></ul>

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