Is it possible to have two identities?


Okay, so this may seem like a weird title and topic for a social media blog…but by “identities” I mean online identities.

Do you think it’s possible to have two online identities?

What do I mean?

The web is a huge place; you can either be yourself or an idealised version of yourself. But is it possible to do both? I believe, to a certain extent, that it is possible. I think you can use the internet for both being yourself (personal) and creating an idealised version of yourself, in this case, a professional “version” of you (a version that is heavily censored/monitored/edited).

The internet allows you to portray yourself as whoever you want to be, meaning you’re able to ONLY post things online that you want others to see. You can, for example, post edited images of yourself onto your Instagram profile – which would give your followers a certain impression – you decide the impression you want to give. YOU choose what people see/think.

It is easy enough to post pictures on Facebook of the night before, but would you want a professional who may potentially hire you to see your drunken pictures?
It’s easy enough to use Facebook privacy settings to stop these from being seen, but it isn’t always easy monitoring, editing and changing articles, websites etc. you may have been signed up to when you were younger – all these things can be found in a Google search (of your name) which will (most likely) be found by a future employer.

What can you do?

What can you do to ensure that your past profiles, etc. are invisible to a prospective employer? Well, first things first DELETE THEM. But, what do you do if you’ve forgotten your Myspace password, for example? Or if you’ve got a profile on a website that won’t allow you to delete that  profile?
If you can’t delete your profile then DETACH it from you. For example, change the email address (if possible), change your name on the profile so it’s made up…change ALL of your details so that the profile can no longer be associated with you.

Even though it’s hard to maintain two online identities it’s possible, however it’s (in my opinion) impossible to stop these two identities from overlapping…after all it’s YOUR name attached to both ‘identities’.

You just have to bare in mind that – you shouldn’t post anything on the internet that you’d be ashamed of, or embarrassed by. Only post things to the internet if you’re happy to post them. After all, you don’t have to put EVERYTHING about you online – YOU CHOOSE what you put out there about yourself. If it’s out there then it’ll be found.

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Second Year!


I’M BACK!

I MADE IT TO SECOND YEAR OF UNIVERSITY!!! I’m sorry I haven’t been active over summer, well since finishing my last year of Uni; I’ve been super busy and I just haven’t had anything worth blogging about. But, I’m back and will try to blog soon for you…some more useful Social Media related posts which I know you all love. Is there anything in particular you’ve got in mind or ANYTHING SM? Let me know in the comments if you have anything in mind or if you’d like to raise a SM issue/point to me. It always helps if I get suggestions then I can try develop your ideas and help you guys solve any problems you may have. No, I’m no professional but I can, for example, figure out how to use something in order to help others. I usually get the biggest response from blog posts which are, of course, informative and helpful to you all…so I do listen to what you all want to read because afterall I enjoy writing content that you’ll enjoy….although I have to enjoy writing about it – otherwise that’d be no fun!!

Anyways, I’ll finish rambling because this post was basically a post to let you know IM BACK! 🙂
BUT, before I go a question for you all to think about or reply to in the comments: do you think data/multi-media/content/status’ etc. which you publish onto the internet could be used against you?

THANK YOU!


          Thank you to everyone who has read my blog, who follows me and interacts with me. It means the world that I have ALREADY hit the 200 follower milestone. It might not seem a lot … Continue reading

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Get YOUR content to stand out!


Sharing and creating content has become much easier with the use of the internet and its many social networking platforms. So, how can you ensure that YOUR content stands out?

Offer a unique perspective

Try to express and offer something different from what you would expect from the average company, blog, etc. Also, expressing something different from what the average reader might expect on a topic will ensure a unique perspective; and make your content stand out.
DON’T be afraid to say what you truly think – even if this means creating a little controversy, after all people like controversy; something to get them talking about you/your blog.

Be engaging

It goes without saying that your content should be created with one person in mind; your customer. Think quality, not quantity; it’s better to create a couple (or one) blog post per week which are quality and relevant to your audience, instead of creating 5/6 blog posts a week which don’t engage your audience.

One of the most important things to do to get your content to stand out is to… Get found

There’s no point in creating content if your intended audience isn’t going to find it. Make sure you can be found, be searchable. If you’re producing content which is relevant information then you’ll make it easier for search engines to index you; making you more searchable. So, make sure you’re producing the right content for your topic and audience.

An easy way to get found is to be on many social media platforms; Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn. Linking these accounts to your blog can help you gain more viewers for your blog, increasing your readership and also vice versa; people who follow your blog may go on to follow your Twitter, like your Facebook page and connect with you on LinkedIn via. links on your blog homepage.

So, how do you use your content to be unique, engage and get found? Let me know in the comments section, I’d love to know what you’re doing with content.

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Sending a ‘Ping’ – HELP!


This is just a quick blog post with a question I’ve had a couple of weeks..well a query.

I was able to send ‘pings’ to people, it gave me the option to add “related articles” of other people’s to the bottom of my post. Know what I mean?…You should have it too.

Well a month or so ago this option disappeared from my dashboard, so I’m unable to send ‘Pings’ from the widget underneath the box where you compose posts. Does anybody know how I can get this back? & If so, how? As I miss the widget; it’s very useful.

PLEASE HELP!