This is one topic that has been on my minds for a long time. These are my views and there are obviously two schools of thoughts – are we the same as our online avatar or are we different as compared to our online avatar. If I ask you this one question, what will your answer be? Think again !!!
What type of person are you online?
- Are you the the real “YOU” when you are online and offline (in-person)?
- Are you more real online when compared to your offline persona?
- Are you more real as an offline persona when compared to your fake online avatar?
I think these are obviously tough questions and I do want to know your thoughts on the same. Which choice describes you the best?
Get to the 21st century
- I have seen people generally share / post stuffs online that they would never be comfortable sharing or discussing in-person. This is good-and-bad in my opinion because when you meet them, they will never be their own self. This is the case of lost identity.
- Keep in mind the human element when you are online to tweet or talk about someone. This is a small world and you are obviously going to bump into each other some day, some place – be prepared, be careful yet be yourself.
- Let your online presence be the online you which speaks your mind rather than the one that you want to paint being as one.
- Being yourself and sharing something to your friends must be spontaneous and with the only purpose of sharing the happiness. Basically the number of “Likes” or “ReTweets” don’t really matter in my opinion.
- Does user counts over twitter or facebook really matter if they were like your real friends? How does it really matter if you don’t engage and keep in touch with them? Don’t go or fall for the number game.
- Focus on creating a lasting impression with your online avatar and make sure you feel good about what you share and it is a good experience of your time which is worth sharing now with others.
- If you consider online interactions and communications as real, then you are framing a real you even in the offline world. If you are hilarious over your tweets, I expect you to be funny even in real life when I meet you.
- If you are thinking twice about creating an aura by your updates and are hesitant in posting something online, well you are becoming conscious. Personally, if you ask me – this is absolutely fine provided you keep your professional and personal likes separate ALL times. Think twice before doing anything yet be yourself.
- If you are apologizing for writing something online, there is a fundamental problem. The above Point 2 is a classic case. Being candid is not same as being arrogant. Though there are differences which some ignore to accept.
- Personally, Don’t lie in your online world. Build your rules and play by the rules. If you plan not to befriend your office folks in your FB page, fair call. Play by your own rules with no exceptions.
Just a word of caution, these days even hiring companies keep an eye on the social sites to see what kind of person they are going to hire. It is quite possible by being yourself, you might be making a prospective employer stay two steps away from you. Be very careful on what you are online. It is a tough thin line to walk.
Again, if you have a fake online activity of a different person – well expect the potential employer to also expect you with competencies that you really don’t posses. This means it is just a question of time that when you get to real job, you are just setting yourself to failure.
The fundamental problem isn’t the screen or the Internet connection; it’s what we do with them. And there’s no reason we can’t be us and real, when we’re online as well as we’re off. You know your limits, listen to your heart and walk the tight rope !!!
Please feel free to send me your comments, if these made sense.
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