In class, we were asked to Google ourselves. Here are the top three results that come up:
- 3 different Christina Thiel’s on Facebook
- A LinkedIn profile that states I am a Senior Supply Chain Analyst
- A doctor review that states I am psychiatrist from Galveston,Texas.
I can tell you that none of these are actually me. Even on Facebook, the Christina Thiels are not me. Previously, I had changed my name on Facebook (first name, middle name) so that people could not find me, however after learning more about digital identity, I am considering changing it back, as I have nothing on there that would harm my digital identity. I would love to hear others’ comments about this!
After class, I did more Googling, and added Regina to my search. Thankfully, if you search this, the real me is the top result! The result is linked to the Faculty of Education, in an article where student success is celebrated. This was surprising and got me excited that when you Google me, this appears. It shows future employers something about my education.
For me, this really opened my eyes up to what is online in terms of my identity. In scrolling through my search results, there is my Twitter profile, running races results, and speed skating results or articles. I was pleasantly surprised at this, as I have not made a real effort into creating a digital identity. In fact, I tried to hide my identity (changing my name on Facebook) because I thought being invisible was better than being visible. My thoughts on this have changed, thanks to ECMP 355.
I used to think being invisible was much better than being visible. The fact of the matter is that we live in a digital era, and part of this means creating a positive digital identity. One of the hopes is that my Twitter will soon become a top result when you Google my name. Twitter is something that reflects who I am as a person and shows future employers that I am committed to education. I also hope that my blog will become a result within the first few pages of Google. My blog shows future employers who I am, and they can get a picture of my teaching philosophy, and sample lessons. For me, this means that I now recognize the importance of a digital identity and the need to expand my digital identity.
I found an interesting article, “Crafting Your Digital Identity: The Basics” which discussed the importance of protecting and controlling your digital identity. The article discussed the importance of remembering that there are no “take-backs” or “undos” when it comes to a digital identity. The article also discusses the importance of teaching students the importance of creating a digital identity. This may involve modelling, especially in the younger grades. Rather than having each student in a grade one class creating a profile, the class could have a class profile, or Twitter account, and discussions around what is appropriate to post and why could be developed at a young age. This would aid the students when they are in the older grades and creating a digital identity.
Building a digital identity is crucial in today’s society. Anyone can build anyone’s digital identity. Once my picture is on the internet (which is it), anyone can “steal” it and create profiles with that picture and my name. This is why it is so important to create a positive digital identity. I hope to create a digital identity that I want, and that shows others who I am.
I will continue to create and add to my digital identity, as it is an important aspect of my life now. Being visible is better than being invisible when it comes to your digital identity.