Exercise 4 – Web 2.0 Digital Footprint/Identity


Part 1
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By inputting the following keywords in Google, I can find the following results by search my three online pseudonyms.

Olzme: Originally used as my YouTube account, I can find my YouTube account within the first result (followed by one of my YouTube videos, my Xfire account I made a long time ago , my a review I made on Gamespot, and my Tricklife account I made a long time ago, all within the first page of results. All of these sites display my person information such as First Name, Last Name, and the country I live in.

Olaeceae: Originally my PlayStation 3 username, I can find my Twitter account within the first result, followed by my Battlefield: Bad Company 2 stats page and by a few other sites relating to it,as well as my Steam account within the first page.

If I search my name/s as my keywords , I get the following results:

Oliver Zhang: A Linkedin account, Facebook account, Google Plus account, and various other accounts which aren’t mine. The last video on the page is a YouTube video of me playing in my highschool talent show which someone else uploaded onto YouTube.

Chengcheng Zhang: The same as the above, except this time none of the results trace back to me.

However, if I use my full name [Chengcheng Oliver Zhang] as search terms: The first two results are pages from my WordPress blog [score!] and the third result is the video project I submitted for my portfolio to Ryerson.

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Personally, I don’t think I’d mind if a teacher or employer saw that kind of information about me. I think at the very “worst” they’d find out what my interests were such as the music I listen to and movies I watch and the fact that I [used to] like to play a lot of different games. The information that was found mostly came from gaming sites that I signed up for and online stat records that archived the progress I made in games I played online.

However Although that’s an interesting question : -should- employers/teachers be able to see that?
At the time, I’d say yes. It’s anyone’s right to search whatever they want online and if there so happens to be a digital footprint of someone’s online, it’s their right to be informed of whatever is available to them. It’s safe to say that if someone doesn’t want that shown about them, they would avoid posting or leaving other traces of themselves online. However, it’s the year 2011 and so far that’s still an option. But as I see it, we’re coming to the emergence of a social evolution where the vast amount of information readily available is online, and access to such content is only permitted with one signing up. It may very well be that in the year 2020, everyone will be ‘forced’ to leave digital footprints within the web if they wish to get anywhere. This will inevitable enforce ethics regarding such issues.

Part 2
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In order to create a digital footprint which can be traced back to you using web 2.0 websites such as Facebook, Flickr, and YouTube, you need to first tag all of your pages/videos with keywords which relate most to your content.  Afterwords, a good start would be to submit your website to search engines such as Google ( www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl ) or Bing ( https://ssl.bing.com/webmaster/SubmitSitePage.aspx ) . These sites will automatically your tags and keywords from your site so that people will be able to find your pages via search engines. It is also important to attract as much views to your pages as possible, as this will move your site up the search due to it’s relevancy.

If you intend to leave a digital footprint that serves to inform teachers and potential employers of who you are as a new media creative professional, it is best that when you are uploading content which is related to your profession, you use your real name or a consistent alias/pseudonym which you will go by so that teachers and employers will identify you for your related content. Likewise, it is best to -NOT- use your real name or a consistent pseudonym for non-professional related content such as personal interest [dating] websites. It is also wise not to connect non-professional content with professional content by mentioning anything that will link the two together.  This all helps to keep your relevant talents discoverable, with your personal information and interests hidden.

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