Online Networks were never a high attraction to me. I mainly use it as an Individual to only research information. If I use networks for communication with others it is mainly for school work or to gain information of where when to be in the real life. This also shows that one nowadays is dependent on networks. It gives but also takes away alot of freedom since the virtual world is fused into the real world.
I have several groups on my facebook. The use of the groups is to have easier and direct communication to a smaller community. Therefore these groups would categorise under the WE.
In the smaller groups one tends to interact more with the other members. In the wider network, I personally do not see the use of writing individual things. Therefore for me the We is more comfortable to interact with then with the whole network
I do not have a preferance for online tools but I obviously like useing the ones that are simply to use.
Examples would be:
Networks: Whole of facebook
We: The groups on facebook. The tumblr page.
I: My personal messages on facebook and my settings. My e-mail accounts.
To conclude I use the I part most. Therefore I used close networks most. For crowd-sourcing this might be problematic since I have low experience in open networks. I would not know how to use the network in organised successful way to crowd-source ideas.
The first question that raised my interest to the topic Digital Identity was:
Assuming one only has one identity. I noticed that the idea of one identity immediately contradicted with my statement in my previous blog post: “I believe too many social medias contribute into living in the virtual more then living in the real world“
Therefore, has virtual world become our real world? Examples such as the fart boy and other individuals that underwent the negative impact of Social medias, show that the virtual world fused into the real world. What I could establish and learn from these examples is that your Digital identity has an impact on ones real life. Therefore, does one really have two identities if such consequences as unemployment can be initiated by creating a negative digital identity?
The topic Digital identity also immediately raised a memory of what my parents always used to say to warn me of creating a negative digital identity: “What you put on the internet stays on the internet”. Of course this phrase also counts for the positive things one adds to ones digital identity. Positive thing such as sharing knowledge among communities.
To understand to concept of digital identity it is also important to know a lot of online tools. The tools that I have learnt over the years and am also willing to share this knowledge are the following:
Open Office 3.2
Adobe Flash (I used it along time ago and would have to update my knowledge)
I also once created a stop motion moive.
Most of these online tool are meant for better communication among individuals. This is always handy for team works such as our community project. On Adobe flash one can create animation movies and on excel one can process information especially good for mathematical uses and graphs. This knowledge will defiantly contribute to my team since our project is fund-raising. Excel can give a clear overview of the income and outcome. Since we are working in a team I will share all my knowledge that is required for the project. Sharing the knowledge and skills will increase the power of the group.
As the course was described to us in more detail throughout the day; my motivation and enthusiasm declined. Personally I never enjoyed having to keep up to date in several social medias. I always considered it as too time consuming, since one can easily get lost by all the advertisements and other possibilities. Basically I did not want to end up being in front of my computer for half of my day. I believe too many social medias contribute into living in the virtual more then living in the real world.
Therefore as the kick-off started I was disappointed that the course was focusing on networks and communities online. But towards the end were Nacy White described to us what we could expect from the course (and also with the impressive video chat), I put my personal experiences towards networks and communities aside and started thinking more rationally. I asked myself the following question:
What are the opportunities and threats social media provides me as a open innovator to market my ideas?
What strength and weaknesses are added to my development of ideas due to the diversity the networks and communities bring me?
How am I going to learn to promote and market my ideas as a future designer in social medias if I lack experience in using them?
After asking myself several more related questions like these my enthusiasm and motivation increased again. I just had to become more open-minded towards the social medias. To my surprise the registration to tumblr managed to make me more interested in the possibilities of networks and communities. Also the technology used for the connection between the social medias made me curious. In result the Kick-off of the course managed (but slowly) to gain my interest in exploring, discovering and imagining these online networks and communities.
Therefore I think I misunderstood the objectives of the course in the beginning but now I have a clearer understanding of what the course expects me to do: learn and develop. Now I think the objective of the course is to use these online platforms more as a possibility to explore, discover and imagine and hereby analyse them specifically in a business related matter. To see if they are a good tool to use for communication and persuading the target group to take action.
With this attitude I will also try and discover what is best for the organisation: Gogorobi Foundation. How they can benefit from the opportunities of social medias and strengthen their products and services with it.
In conclusion, if we work as a team I believe that the outcome of our project will be successful. In addition I believe, my personal “special quality” contribution be discovered throughout our community project.