This is my online identity project uploaded to slide share.
ZoeAnnabel’s Online Identity.
When I started thinking about crafting my online profile, I felt a lot of pressure to formulate one that was professional in an academic sense. However, I wanted it to accessible at the same time. I began by thinking about myself as a professional and realised there was no point in trying to make myself something I wasn’t. I started thinking about my personality and the best way I could make social media work for me and where best to position myself in a space so already occupied with people far more established professionally than myself.
I’m young, i’m a student and I’m interested in Art, Audio and Images. I wan this to come across via a textured and aesthetically driven ID which is backed up by my love of writing. I began examining the best spaces to enter into dialogue about my work and looking for likeminded people in already established communities that I could join.
I like the way Jay Rosen describing the ‘people formally known as the audience as - “The writing readers. The viewers who picked up a camera. The formerly atomized listeners who with modest effort can connect with each other and gain the means to speak— to the world”.
I would like to think of myself as a member of this group of emerging, informed creative artists who are taking up the opportunities the new user generated media platform shift has allowed. I think a lot of this kind of activity happens around social media and the platforms I have been using.
Initially, I had a whole lot of accounts on a whole range of platforms that were mostly abandoned or used purely for lurking purposes. Now I have a Glossi account which unifies all my social content from around the web into one pretty place. I started off using flavorsme but found that glossi allowed me to connect more applications and gave a more substantial overview of my presence via its summary feed of my interactions and posts on each platform. Glossi also allows me to connect with other users and form yet another community where I can promote my body of work as well as my social interactions as a whole rather than reposting things on multiple platforms.
- Twitter – Quick informal posts. I also link some of my Tumblr posts and Instagram photos to my Twitter account if I feel they are relevant or appropriate to the audience or what I’m saying. Also use #’s to keep involved in communities and dialogue.
- Tumblr – My personal space where I post personal material such as creative writing, thoughts, photos, inspirational material and videos. I follow and reblog other material I find personally appealing.
- Vimeo – to put samples of professional work and maybe a few personal videos
- WordPress Blog – this if for more in-depth observations about course related material such as research, readings logs and new ideas and directions – a kind of map of my evolution over the semester.
- Facebook – I use a lot for keeping in touch with Uni group work, University related pages such as the Media Students page and the Media Class of 2013 Page – this keeps us all up to date with relevant happenings about campus and
- Glossi – I use as my ID Hub and to provide links to collaborative projects such as the group blog I participate in for Writing Non Ficition & my professional photography portfolio.
- Pinterest – Space where I trawl through photos and repin them – kind of an aesthetic gallery for my own pleasure.
- Flickr – Pure portfolio space for my own professional work – I could probably use this better to spread my work to other likeminded communities that Flickr promotes (eg – Black and White photography community) and take up collaboration opportunities.
Each one of these platforms is extremely different in terms of it’s content and the tone that is most appropriate to it’s style. Maintaining a consistent voice is so important in building up a profile but I think it’s also important to show that, as a professional, you can take on different tones and upload content with a varied range of voices. A good example is the way in which I use Twitter – it’s informal and quick – iv’e only got 140 characters, but on WordPress which is reserved for mainly academic pursuits, I have time to delve deeper into subjects that interest me and can employ a totally different language to that of Twitter.
After delving into each of these platforms, I see myself using Twitter , Instagram and tumblr as primary platforms to structure my ID. This combination allows me to have a constantly updating picture of what I’m doing while bringing all the platforms into one ‘story’ without me having to repost things over multiple platforms as the three connect. These three tools also work well together as I can use my smartphone to connect them all via their respective applications.
Tumblr is great for more extended or personal posts whereas Twitter is an excellent space for developing connections and a consistent voice and also provides scope for light-hearted banter to occur with followers as well as retweets and referencing relevant hashtags. Instagram works in well with these two platforms as it allows me to connect everything visually with snapshots of my life. I think images add a great texture and tone to an online identity as it breaks up more formal works and gives structure to Tweets. I think the combination of these three platforms will create a textured and well rounded online ID that is both relevant to my interests and field.
Before beginning to branch out into other platforms, I used Facebook almost exclusively to maintain my online social community. However, I was quite selective with my community, opting to reserve my Facebook as a place for close friends who I could interact with on a personal level.
When I commenced my studies at RMIT I began to use Facebook as a tool to maintain contact with peers by creating the RMIT MEDIA 2013 Facebook group and joining already established groups that keep me in the know about happenings around campus.
I also began to use Facebook to maintain regular contact with peers during group assignments. Having a Facebook group proved to be invaluable to the collaborative process as it provided a forum for ideas, instant updates and saved a lot of time when it came to physical meetings and getting queries answered quickly.
I now use Facebook as a central tool for my studies while also maintaining it as the major place I upload photos and interact with close friends. I guess Facebook represents my ‘strong connections’ (As Boyd and Donath describe in the Readings – Public displays of connections) as my interactions on Facebook are always two way, whereas on Twitter, I often retweet media figures or writers I follow and comments on their tweets are never replied too or mentioned – these connections are ‘weaker’ and less intimate. Although, as Facebook has added more and more applications I have noticed my newsfeed has been cluttered with content that is unspecific to my interests and annoying to scroll through, Facebook has become less about my friends and more about what they like and what their friends like.
I am aiming to develop an artistically driven professional ID – I want to appear informed, intelligent and open to new ideas and collaboration with others. I am very much interested in aesthetics and storytelling via sounds, words and images and have managed to identify quite a solid community through following magazines, writers and photographers I admire. Following Frankie Magazine lead me to coming across Chloe Patakis who is probably the most ubiquitously spread identity I have come across – she seems to traverse every platform and occupy every social media space I can find! I admire the way she maintains a professional voice even while interacting on the more informal platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. I would describe Chloe as a young professional woman engaging in an informed space about matters relating to art, music, literature, communications and Public Relations. She uses Glossi as the hub for her identity and has linked her Instagram with her Twitter account so that she provides her followers with images to accompany more personal tweets (such as photos of her clothes or food she orders for lunch). Chloe is a regular ‘tweeter’ and it gives the impression she is a busy working professional who finds time for moments of fun and indulgence in art, fashion and literature. This is the kind of atmosphere I want to create. Her linked in profile is very professional and links to her blog which is also dominated by her professional writings. Chloe uses Flickr in a similar way that I use it – as a portfolio for her own photographs and opts to use Pinterest as an overall space to store inspiration and bookmarks for visuals she admires.
I’m interested in writing and storytelling whether this be via images or text.
Twitter could be a great platform to get the ball rolling on collaborative stories. For example, a hashtag could bind a progressive series of Tweets – almost like a choose your own adventure story. Someone could Tweet the first line with the hashtag at the end, and it could progress from there. The narrative could be linked to a specific Pinterest board and then the final narrative could be uploaded to a Tumblr Blog and instantly Tweeted back to contributors.
This kind of narrative/image based research could then provide building blocks for further/more specific collaborative projects on ABC Pool.
I follow quite a specific community on Twitter which is concerned with Melbourne based writing, radio and film projects which remain slightly ‘underground’. I think this community has a great presence on Twitter and connects via mentions and hashtags which bring eachtoher into conversations about projects that are going on, inviting others to join in or contribute. A lot of writers that I follow post daily links to their own personal blogs which provides a constant link to the
Currently the #MIFF2012 is the hashtag that I have been engaging with the most. A real community has been established surrounding this tag and offers insightful information into films and other MIFF recommendations. This community has been frequented by a number of Melbourne critics and film buff bloggers offering more possibilities for myself to find more individuals I am interested in to follow and engage with.
I also use Twitter a lot to enhance my work in Radio – by using the RWAV hashtag I’m able to connect with other broadcasters and maintain a presence at RRR. Recently, during our radiothon edition, the RWAV page really helped us in promoting our show and assisted in keeping people updated via live tweeting on how to subscribe and guests we would be interviewing as well as our playlist. The hashtag #rrranswerthecall was used by RRR to promote the Radiothon and has been hugely successful in creating the kind of buzz this event needs. Since using Twitter I have grown to value it a lot more than my Facebook as I think it provides a lot more industry specific opportunities for developing connections and communities.
ABC Pool is all about participatory culture has enabled individuals to embrace this new creative paradigm. Audiences have been offered the opportunity to engage with a range people in meaningful ways. It has allowed for people to use user generated media to expose content for the purpose of creative story telling as well as developing collaborative socially engaged.
I found that more I followed, favourite and contributed, the more recommendations for associated content appeared and I came across more and more projects that were specific to my areas of interest.
I have been posting quite a bit on my ABC Pool profile and have been delighted by the response. Pool is a great community as it’s just jam packed with people who have the luxury of devoting a lot of time to artistic endeavours and value contributions to the site. People seem very willing to jump on board with ideas and keen to get collaborating. Its such a supportive, non pretentious space and I feel like my work has the capacity to be noticed on Pool as opposed to being just another post in deluge of Tumblr. There is an overall tone of welcoming positivity and a sense that work is valued. I think POOL harbours a great diverse range of people and will be a valuable tool to have. However, I think it is limited in terms of the way it can be connected to other platforms and promoted via other means, it’s quite a niche community and does not offer the kind of spread other spaces do.