Personal Experience – Living and Working on the Web

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Finally, this is the end of Living and Working on the Web module #MANG2049! In this post, I would like to share a list of things I have learnt during the 12 days of learning and enhancing my digital knowledge.

This module significantly changed my perception towards the internet. I have always thought that the internet was a platform to enjoy games and entertainment online. However, this module is an eye-opener on how I can create blog posts that could maybe get me my ideal career and learn much more knowledge online. It has enlightened me on the importance of cultivating my “online presence” beyond my comfort zone.

SELF TEST – Before and After

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Through this course, I have learnt to be more digitally creative by creating my own info-graphics and videos by using websites such as PowToon, Piktochart and Canvas.

I have read through on my peers’ blog and most of them stated that they have multiple identities. I myself is working towards having multiple identities. It is really not as easy as I thought it would be. I have to manage different accounts, be wary of what I post online.

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When I started this module, I thought that it would just be us communicating with lecturers via Youtube but never have I expected myself to do a blog on my own! This module has pushed me out of my own comfort zone to try out blogging, which I never really tried before. It has also allowed me to think critically and analytically.

Online Information and Managing Online Identities

I was very naive when it comes to the internet as I tend to believe everything online. However, after this module, I’ve learnt that not everything online can be trusted. I’ve also learnt the ways to check if the content of what I am reading is true or false. I have never thought that I would have multiple online identities as I find it a hustle to manage too many accounts especially when there are so many social platforms. The reason why I decided to have multiple identities now is that of the flexibility it provides.

My Online Profiles

Before, I was using a Single Identity. During the module, I have concluded that I should create multiple identities so that I do not mix my personal life with my work life. I have created new accounts with similar photos so that employers do know that the account is not another “Nichol Ong”.

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#1 LINKEDIN

I did not have a LinkedIn account before and realized that it helps me to better portray my work skills for my future employers to view my online platforms before recruitment.

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I started to include information on my past job experiences and qualifications and managed to connect with my previous and current colleagues, peers and other professionals.

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#2 TWITTER

As you can see from the photo below, I have two different accounts on my twitter.

The one on the left would be my personal account to connect with friends and I would post things about my daily life and share my interest in posts I see online.

However, the one on the right would be my professional account. In this account, I have used it to follow prominent profiles such as my classmates or lecturers or sources that are related to learning a thing or two on “content marketing” or “blogging”, which is the continuous sharing of free information to keep in touch with readers and potential customers.

#3 WORDPRESS

In the past, I used to blog about my daily life and interests through http://www.blogspot.com. However, WordPress was much easier to use with its simple layout and navigation tools. Thus, I decided to use WordPress for this module to showcase my writing and research posts on topics that we just learned on.

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#4 FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM

As for my other social media accounts such as Facebook and Instagram, which is only for my personal use to connect and keep myself updated with ‘my happenings’ with my friends and family. Recently, many people have been starting up businesses such as an ‘auction house’ where people have to bid for items online on Facebook.

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Future Plans

I have plans to be more active and update more on my LinkedIn account so that my future employers would get the most recent data of me. Commenting and engaging in online communities can help me get a different point of views on different topics that I might be interested in. I would also improve my skills on online tools such as Canva and PowToon as you would never know when these online tools would come into great use!

I would definitely try my best to continue blogging if time permits as everyone would be busy. This would allow me to have a bigger picture of what is happening around the world as people would be able to comment and give their thoughts on my blog. Last but not least,  I would maintain a professional online identity.

To end off, I would like to thank my lecturers, Lisa, Sarah and Nicholas for sharing their digital knowledge and how to write better blog posts online during these two weeks of the module.

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Reflection: Topic 3

After reading my peers’ post, most of them are using multiple accounts. I have come to understand the importance of having multiple accounts by separating personal and work life. Personally, I feel that I need to adopt this and learn the ways to maintain and manage both personal and work identities online.

I have also learnt that to survive in the online world, we should not misuse the freedom of speech either on a single identity or multiple identities. From Agnes‘ comment on my blog, she mentioned that one wrong post can lead you losing your future and your job! The reason behind this is because you will leave a permanent negative impact on your online identity.

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From Rebecca’s blog post, I have learned the importance of maintaining a positive identity as it leaves impression of you which are permanent in the online world. It is not about having multiple accounts that show the “fake you” but to have multiple accounts to maintain a professional image to showcase the skills that we have.

From, Yaamanni’s blog post, I can see that it is crucial for us to have separated account to differentiate what purpose they are for. Yaamanni has made a point that “Blogging has made me develop my online identity and could possibly get me hired!” This is one way that that can give us a head start of looking for a job online. However, I feel that companies should not be recruiting employees online just based on what information they provided on social media platforms but they should be evaluated by their skills, knowledge and experience in the working environment instead.

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In conclusion, the way people portrait themselves online is solely up to them. Having single , multiple identities or even staying anonymous has its Pros and Cons. As long as we are using the web in the correct way, any identity you use to portray your thoughts and opinions are acceptable.

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Cheers!

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Blogs I commented on:

Rebecca Chia & Yaamanni

Topic 3: Online Identities. Who are we actually talking to behind that screen?

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Single Identity provides you with a good personal branding, proves that you have nothing to hide and others accessibility to you.

Multiple Identity allows the differentiation and separation between one’s personal and professional life, however, it may inevitably create a wall between the people you’ll like to connect with and yourself.

Anonymous gives strength and empowerment to oppressed groups of people to speak up or, seek help. It benefits groups of threatened people without the compromise of their safety.

Pros and Cons

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Singular, multiple identities, or staying anonymous, we will be actively making choices on the things we post and/ or share, comment on. Our behavior online will indefinitely make an impact be it large or small, positive or negative, in our friends, “followers” and also the online communities we are part of. Staying positive with our usage of social media will better the impression of others of us, and ultimately forming a good personal brand.

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Maintaining a positive branding for myself is important, as I only have a singular identity online. I sell things over the internet through Facebook. In order for people to buy from me, I have to be largely accessible, and also have an excellent track record. I have build a certain trust in this industry, having another identity online would mean that I would have to start over from scratch and I may lose potential buyers or long-time customers.

However, I understand that there are drawbacks with one identity as this topic has enlightened me about creating a new account just for work purposes in the future. Should I stick with my single identity or be have multiple identities to separate personal life and work life in the future?

What about you, how many identities do you have?

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References:

FutureLearn. (2017). What is your network identity? – Learning in the Network Age – University of Southampton. [online] Available at: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/learning-network-age/3/steps/263025 [Accessed 21 Nov. 2017].

Engadget. (2017). Having multiple online identities is more normal than you think. [online] Available at: https://www.engadget.com/2016/03/04/multiple-online-identities/ [Accessed 21 Nov. 2017].

HuffPost. (2017). Your Online Identity: Your Strongest Brand or Worst Nightmare?. [online] Available at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/ruth-young/your-online-identity-your_b_9994346.html [Accessed 21 Nov. 2017].

 

 

Reflection: Thoughts on Topic 2

Fake news is making an impact on our everyday life. How much real information are you getting from the web?

From Alicia’s blog post, I have learnt that without digital literacy, it is difficult for people to understand how working online works. Without the basic knowledge, I would not have thought that fake news actually is circulating around the internet. I would actually believe the source if i had not known how to differentiate which is real information online. The steps below are what I have learnt from reading some of my peer’s blog posts.

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From Cai Ying’s post it was an eye opener to see how easily I was attracted to her heading. I learnt that Fake News has a greater impact than Authentic News as their headline titles usually attract audience’s attention. People always have to habit to share posts that are interesting but do not know whether the information is true or not.

Also, From Tanya’s comment on my own post, it has given me an real life example on how people can get easily cheated online through making online shopping purchases. One example that I experienced before, was a seller who wanted to sell in-game items on Facebook. However, there was an impersonator who took his profile picture and made a fake Facebook account and eventually scammed a buyer who wanted to buy the item. This buyer was not inclined with digital literacy and the habit to check whether the profile was authentic or not. This shows how easily people believe information that has been put up onto the internet.

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In conclusion, there are ways that we can reduce the amount of people falling into the trap of believing fake news. Once we break out of our filter bubble and see the true facts and different opinions of other people, we would avoid circulating  Fake News over the internet.

Cheers!

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Blogs I commented on:

Alicia’s &Cai Ying’s

References:

Wohlsen, M., Wohlsen, M., Bullinger, J., Crawford, S., Finley, K., Finley, K., Finley, K. and Vlasits, A. (2017). Digital Literacy Is the Key to the Future, But We Still Don’t Know What It Means. [online] WIRED. Available at: https://www.wired.com/2014/09/digital-literacy-key-future-still-dont-know-means/ [Accessed 23 Nov. 2017].

 HuffPost. (2017). Digital Skills Urgently Needed to Bridge Digital Literacy Gap. [online] Available at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-chau/digital-skills-urgently-n_b_7796312.html [Accessed 23 Nov. 2017].

Topic 2: Are we getting the right information on the web?

Everywhere around the internet, there are webpages that we follow and tend to believe everything they say or do. However, have we ever questioned the credibility of the webpage? People in this era have the tendency to believe whatever we see or hear online.

Filter bubbles and Echo chambers keep us inside our circle of what the Internet wants us to see based on our past interactions. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google now tailors search results and online news based on our personal taste or interest.

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Social media influences people to only believe what is being published to us and fail to find out the truth behind it. What the media portrays may not be the truth or the full truth. Therefore, we must be vigilant. In this era, so many people are on the internet making it very easy for false news to spread. Echo chambers makes social-media participants tend to develop strong and well-defined communities around people they support, and they tend to make connections with like-minded people.

In the picture below shows an example of an Instagramer trying on products and giving reviews on them. Though she has huge influence on her followers, how credible are her reviews on the products, how do we know that we can trust them?

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Fake news are everywhere on the internet!

Currently, we are facing issues with false information on the web as information on the web can be added by anyone, anywhere and anytime. This has cause the internet to hold a lot of false data.

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With the dangers of false news, people tend to have second thoughts the next time they read an online post or review about the news and what is happening around the globe.

Have you ever been misled or tricked by false news?

There are some ways to evaluate what you are seeing online, is real.

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Cheers!

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References:

Delaney, K. (2017). Filter bubbles are a serious problem with news, says Bill Gates. [online] Quartz. Available at: https://qz.com/913114/bill-gates-says-filter-bubbles-are-a-serious-problem-with-news/ [Accessed 15 Nov. 2017].

Martindale, J. (2017). Forget Facebook and Google, burst your own filter bubble. [online] Digital Trends. Available at: https://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/fake-news-and-filter-bubbles/ [Accessed 15 Nov. 2017].

Hern, A. (2017). How social media filter bubbles and algorithms influence the election. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/22/social-media-election-facebook-filter-bubbles [Accessed 15 Nov. 2017].

Reflection: Thoughts on Topic 1

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Firstly, my blog post lacked of visuals as I have learn from Stella’s  blog post that she was able to create an interesting video with PowToon to show what factors that contribute to the digital differences and Piktochart to create an image to link those factors to her own personal life.

After reading through Aaron’s blog posts on Impact on Digital Differences, I have come to understand that the most important factor is the income of people that affects their usage of internet. I can understand that studying in Singapore, we are privileged to have access of the internet. It has given us many opportunities to gain more knowledge and enhancing our own skills with the power of the internet.

Currently online platforms are a norm for education and work. However, the older generation have struggles with these platforms as they are not digitally inclined. In Aaron’s blog post, he mentioned about people having the need to be motivated to learn something new and from Stella’s reply to my comment, she says that an old lady had recently showed interest in the digital knowledge. This showed that even though the older generation are falling behind in terms of being up-to-date with the current status of the digital world, they are still trying to equip themselves with digital skills so that they can compete with the younger generations in terms of working life.

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Our generation has definitely moved on into the fast-paced technology world, people now can even pay for their meals at MacDonald’s or other fast food joints with their smartphone through “Apple Pay” or “Pay-Wave”. We have now seen the evolution of smartphones with new and interesting functions. We are also updated with knowledge of the current news and events happening world wide online through Online News website, Twitter and even Facebook.

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Blogs I have commented on:

Stella & Aaron

Cheers!

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Topic 1: Impact of Digital Differences

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In this tech-savvy world, it has influenced our daily lives as it becomes an appropriate tool for our work, social interaction and education. However, not everyone have the same access to technology due to the social differences and inequalities such as demographics and social classes of an individual which determines on how much and how far one’s interaction can get with the web.

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Older Generation, lower levels of education or lower incomes. 

They are much less likely to use the web. Older people are not exposed to the current modern technology that we use at this age, they have lesser knowledge on how to use the web. As for lower levels of education or incomes people can not afford to spend money on technology, smartphones, internet as they are a very costly investment.

Younger Generation, higher income and can afford to pay for internet broadband.

Younger generation tend to absorb information and learn skills faster when they start at an earlier age. They have a better position to recognize the importance and central nature of technological skills. Wealthier people are given the privilege of having access to the internet and are exposed to using smartphones and technology a young age.

 

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Personally, being brought up in a privileged environment with access to internet, life has become more convenient and I am able to gain knowledge faster and more efficiently. It has allowed me to do my research faster with convenience than looking through many reference books in the library. Without the internet, communication would not be so easy for me to contact my family or friends who are overseas and it takes a long time to keep in touch with them through the traditional writing of letters.

How has the digital affect you now?

Cheers, Nichol.

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References:

FutureLearn. (2017). Page from Learning in the Network Age – University of Southampton. [online] Available at: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/learning-network-age/3/steps/263009 [Accessed 10 Nov. 2017].

Zickuhr, K. and Smith, A. (2017). Digital differences. [online] Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Tech. Available at: http://www.pewinternet.org/2012/04/13/digital-differences %5BAccessed 10 Nov. 2017].

Digital Responsibility. (2017). Digital Divide: The Technology Gap between the Rich and Poor. [online] Available at: http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/digital-divide-the-technology-gap-between-rich-and-poor/ [Accessed 10 Nov. 2017].

Digital Media and Society. (2017). Section 3: Impact of Digital Media on Individuals, Organizations and Society. [online] Available at: http://reports.weforum.org/human-implications-of-digital-media-2016/section-3-impact-of-digital-media-on-individuals-organizations-and-society/ [Accessed 10 Nov. 2017].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which is YOU? Digital Resident or Digital Visitor?

Have we ever questioned ourselves what type of digital user we are? Information and Communication Technology is an important part of everyone’s life in this modern era. In this blog I will share with u the different types of digital user you are as well as sharing what type of digital user i am.

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Digital Resident

A group that live a percentage of their lives online and are always connected with one another on the web. They see the web as platform of social communication and networking by sharing personal information and building an identity of themselves. For example, Digital Resident often make posts on to Facebook, Tweeting on Twitter, Blogging on WordPress or posting comments on blogs.

Digital Visitor

A group that defined goal or task, and select an appropriate online tool to meet their needs as they arise and lesser or no social visibility or trace when online. For example, using google apps on a smartphone to look for directions to the nearest fast food restaurant, thus finding a specific piece of information online and then going offline to complete the task.

Which one do I fall under?

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I identify myself as a Digital Resident as I used to blog about myself in the good old days. Currently now, I would usually scroll through Facebook to look at the news, music videos and funny videos or using Instagram to admire photos of people that I follow and gives comments about them. I would also share interesting sites to my friends through the use of Social Media etc ( Whats’app, Telegram, Line). it is tough to often post and maintain photos on Instagram, I would still do so from time to time or when there are special occasions that I want my friends that follow me to be able to enjoy the moment with me.

How about you?

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Reference:

Digital – Learning – Culture. (2017). Visitors & Residents. [online] Available at: http://daveowhite.com/vandr/ [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].

Wilson, C. (2017). Are You a Digital Visitor or Digital Resident? – ChurchMag. [online] ChurchMag. Available at: https://churchm.ag/digital-visitor-vs-digital-resident/ [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].