I have taken a little bit of a break from blogging but I have seen a ton of great links that I wanted to continue to share. Here are some things that may interest you:
1. Study Finds That Facebook Profile is Truer to Life Than People Think – I was asked a question this week regarding people “hiding” behind their social media profiles and then happened upon this article. I am sure that there are examples on each side of the spectrum but I found this article pretty interesting. As more people are becoming comfortable with posting their information online, there is a blur between online and offline.
The study also looked at what you can glean from a person’s offline personality by the information displayed on their Facebook page, which is essentially what many of us do when we look at a new friend’s profile for the first time, to see what they’re like in photos, if you’ve any interests in common, what kind of sense of humour they have, and to judge whether this person could be a future ‘real-life’ friend. Do you think that a person’s Facebook profile is an accurate representation of their personality, allowing you to judge whether or not a new Facebook friend could become a real-life friend? And is it fair to do so?
Whatever you believe, it is definitely an interesting article that helps with understanding of digital identity.
2. 30 Goals Challenge – Shelly Terrell has posted this challenge to help educators build their own personal network. If you follow the goals (starting today), you will definitely become more ‘connected’ by the end of the experience. (Here are some great resources regarding Personal Learning Networks) This is something definitely worth looking into for someone new to social media.
2. One Word – Jen Clevette posted this right before the end of 2011 regarding one word that is going to define her year. Jen used the word “balance” (which would also be mine for the year) and made several think about their word for the year. This is a great activity to do with students or yourself for personal growth.
I hope you all have a great week!