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1 Daniela K. commented Permalink

You bring up excellent points. I especially like how you used Mehrabian's research to back-up your opinion. I agree with you, we are NOT who we are portraying in our online profiles. Before starting at USC, my cohort was gathered in a Facebook group so that we could begin to communicate with each other. Our first impressions of each other, for the first two months of our relationships was Facebook... I have to say that when I first started meeting people face-to-face, impression shifted completely. Social Media still doesn't have the ability to represent us are we are, and maybe we don't want it to, do we?

2 bstewart commented Permalink

One of the fascinating moments of the Social Business Symposium was Sandy Carter's discussion, particularly when she mentioned the ability to determine people's personality identities based on the content of twitter feeds. Like you described, what you put out there really can tell a lot about you, whether you want it to or not. We do spend way more time on social media than ever before, each time contributing more and more content to our "digital personalities". Try googling yourself, it's amazing how much comes up, which to me is pretty scary. Really anything you put on the internet will always be there. Perhaps you could discuss how to optimize our digital personalities in order to add value rather than take away value for ourselves? How can we minimize our "social media risk??

3 Jacqueline_Peha commented Permalink

I agree that our social media platforms can give a taste of who we really are, but there are some other issues with this. A lot of people strategically manage their sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Especially young adults our age who are searching for jobs, greatly filter what information they share, or at least they SHOULD be doing so. People post the highlights about their life on their Facebook page to show off how much fun they are having or how great their lives are, everything is filtered. But still as a result of that, you still can get a grasp of what someone is like

4 Silvija_Lau commented Permalink

I agree with previous comments. And I would say you used very nice chart right there. It even made me think of how many days that is :) besides, I think people do use Facebook and other social media strategically. Especially at this age, when they are starting to look for jobs, and do not want to be perceived as immature party people. A few years ago I used to think that the more pictures from parties or other public places I am tagged in, the better my image looks like. However, this changes with years so I guess people understand that everyone had this moment of life that he/she needs to hide at some point in life. Everybody knows it, but nobody want to talk about it. Therefore, the artificial aspect of social media platforms appear. And it becomes a circle, so I guess it will be an ongoing issue for a long time.

5 SamyMartinez commented Permalink

I enjoyed this article and wanted to further expand on point of approaching social media and virtual identities in a more positive way. We, as human beings on social media, are brands--- whether we know it or not. We want to affect the way people "think, feel and do" and influence others' opinions of us. I loved Breah's point about possibly discussing how to optimize digital personalities in order to add value rather than take away value for ourselves and how can we minimize social media risk.

6 Cheng-Yi(Sophie)Chang commented Permalink

The points you bring up are really worth thinking. We often are obsess with our fame on social platform and sometimes we just get lost in it. Due to the social norms, we care about how others see us much more than who we really are, and the social platform sometimes will emphasize this norm rather than helping us to express our true selves. On the blog strategy aspect, I really like the lay out. It can easily catch people's attention, and your words makes the audiences want to keep reading. nice job!

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