This week we were asked to think about digital identity and the ways in which we are presenting and representing ourselves through our online identities. Kate Fagan made an interesting point in her article, Split Image, when she said that “Everyone presents an edited version of life on social media. People share moments that reflect an ideal life, an ideal self.” I think that this is very accurate for most people online, and is very impactful. Generally, I am a pretty private person and I don’t post or share too much on my social media accounts. I have always been conscious about how my online identity could affect job opportunities, both positively and negatively, so I always try to post with that in mind. I have also recently discovered Facebook’s privacy setting where you can pick and choose who you want to share certain individual posts with and who you want to block from seeing them. With all that in mind, I am curious to see what my cyber-sleuth partner can find out about me.
For the assigned cyber-sleuthing activity, I partnered up with Brandon. I have to admit that I felt a bit weird and almost kind of creepy as I was googling his name and looking through his social media accounts. From google and social media, I found out that his hometown is in Ontario and that he moved to a small town in Saskatchewan in 2010. I found out where he went to school and that he was a cross country and volleyball athlete. I also was able to find out who his parents, grandparents, and other family members are, through information given on an obituary.
All in all, I think that this was an eye-opening experience and I noticed that most of the information I found wasn’t even put out there by Brandon himself, but rather by other people.