A colleague on a social media group I’m a part of shared this article today after we talked about online transparency and personal vs. professional identities.
Many of us don’t think twice about laying out details of our personal lives in public for all to see. Many might even be using our real names, just as Facebook‘s Mark Zuckerberg likes it. On the other hand, consider free-for-all meme site 4chan, where users cavort about in complete anonymity. That site’s founder, Christopher “Moot” Poole, thinks anonymity fosters creativity, honesty, and authentic content sharing.
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I was really struck by Mark Zuckerberg’s quote in the infographic in that article, saying that you have” one identity, and more than one identity is an example of a lack of integrity.” Do you agree? Or does this seem a little too black and white?
I have to admit, my first reaction is to agree with Zuckerberg. If you have an opinion, idea, or project, you should stand behind it. Anonymous identities don’t come across as trustworthy sources in many scenarios, but it does provide some cover for the ‘whistleblower.’
I’ve talked about this before, but I have yet to act on it. See, I use Twitter and Linked In professionally, but my personal life is on Facebook. I hold back about linking my Facebook with my other online “identities.” And to be honest, I keep fairly private on Facebook. As my colleague said in our discussion yesterday, “Do I want clients knowing about my eggs and bacon for breakfast and my pajamas?” It’s something you have to be comfortable with, for sure.
One reason I’m drawn to Google + is because you can separate people you follow into circles, and reveal certain things to certain circles of people and not to others. That’s how most people live their everyday lives, isn’t it? Or is that showing a lack of integrity, as Zuckerberg would put it?
Share your opinion with me on this topic, because I am really interested in what people are thinking about this and/or doing with it. Have you linked all your identities online, and why or why not?