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How do we mediate relationships online?
October 26, 2009, 2:28 pm
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What histories do we create when we build our profiles? Are these histories the result of maintaining relationships and reinforcing the social codes we follow with certain people? For example are you inhibited by what your boss would think? Why do you tag and untag images of yourself? What is your tagging policy? Are these decisions based on how others would perceive you? Thus, does the integrity of facebook itself rest on our relationships? Forming and maintaining – if nothing but our external selves for those around us to observe?

The following images are screen shots taken from profiles. What can we assume of these people, and what do we assume of other people in our friend list? Who are we concerned with or by, when we choose are own profile pics?

Profile Pic #1

How do we judge?

What do we know?

What do we know?

what can we assume?

what can we assume?

can we assume anything?

can we assume anything?



what we think we know already
October 26, 2009, 2:19 pm
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What we know for sure about facebook (sample survey of peers and colleagues)

  1. In most cases the name is accurate
  2. Many people like receiving birthday wishes – birthdays are most likely accurate
  3. Profile pictures are going to either consist of:
    1. Self portrait
    2. Self portrait with friends – also insightful
    3. Favoured item/pet/location – also insightful
    4. Arbitrary image – reflective of persons personality
    5. Friends list is indicative of ‘who you are’. Pple are weary of those with ‘too many’, and take more seriously those with what is considered an ‘average’ amount

Additions welcome . . . .


who are we here and who are we there?
October 26, 2009, 2:17 pm
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OK so just reflecting on previous post, it’s a huge call to make admittedly – but if we consider the ways in which we act towards our family in contrast to the way in which we act in a place of work and again in contrast to the way in which we act in social situations, is this not equally ‘constructive’? When we don different personas for different people, are we not actively constructing our own identities time and time again? Thus the questions lies, how can the ‘constructivist nature’ of our facebook profiles be any less of a real account then the conglomeration of identities we use to showcase ourselves to a variety of different publics?

Essentially the point and/or question: the historical validity of facebook?? Its biographical legitimacy and socio authority in confirming who we are and who we are connected to.



facebook as history
October 26, 2009, 2:13 pm
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The fundamental principle of history 2.0 is the notion of user generated. The idea that we in the present are creating history simply by participating is not a new concept, unique to history 2.0 is the abandonment of the heriarchy that has successful dictated the practice of historiography. Certain histories are no longer privileged and our access to the stories of the everyday is greater than ever before. I wonder, like many historical periods from the enlightenment to post-modernism, whether our attention to user-generated content will be remembered as a significant mark on the spectrum of the way in which we know our past? What we can draw into analysis is the way in which history2.0 lifts the standing of social networking sites to historical sources.

We are constantly involved in the formation of both our own and other peoples identities. The question is whether these identities are indicative of who we actually are? We must consider the impact of relationships we share with those in our networks on the way in which we portray ourselves, or perhaps the REVERSE – the impact of the way we portray ourselves on our relationships with other people? Is it possible to simultaneously assume multiple identities? And the crux – if we adopt multiple codes of conduct/social norms depending on the company we currently keep – are social networking sites identities in their purest form?



Privacy and social networks – video generated by the office of the privacy commission of canada
October 26, 2009, 12:15 pm
Filed under: Identity Theft | Tags: , , , , , , ,


What does a friend of a friend of a friend know about you???

[disclaimer: we do not claim copyright over this material]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7gWEgHeXcA



Those without Social Network Profiles Could Have Online Identities Stolen
October 26, 2009, 11:49 am
Filed under: Identity Theft | Tags: , , , , ,

Security firm Aladdin in their annual threat report believe a new lot of identity thieves are coming after individual personal web profiles. According to the firm, if you don’t own and control your online persona, it’s relatively easy for a criminal to aggregate the known public information about you in order to create a fake one.

“This new type of identity theft was listed among other predictions for 2009 in the firm’s annual report and was based on previous trends which included a rise in attacks distributed through social networking channels. For example, in 2008, we saw worm writers (like those behind Koobface) taking advantage of the growing popularity of social networks as a means of distributing their worms. As these sites continue to grow, the potential for criminal activity surrounding them will grow as well”.

According to Ian Amit, director of research at Aladdin’s Attack Intelligence Research Centre, the potential damage for this new type of identity theft will be “devastating, both on the personal level by creating difficulties in employment, ruining social and professional connections, damaging reputations; as well as on a financial level, such as stealing customers and corporate data.

To test their predictions this particular team were able to set up fake online identities, which they believe connected to their real network of friends and aquaintences easily. The thought of identity hikacking has personally really scared me, there is so much information online especially in todays society about each and every individual that in the wrong hands could be used against you. It is seen to be a problem that is increasing over time, each day a large amount of information is generated through the internet imagine what could be found after all these years? should we as a society be worried? well i personally am!

http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/fake_social_network_profiles_a.php



Photo tagging on facebook
October 26, 2009, 6:52 am
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How many times have you been tagged in a photo that isn’t you? I was tagged in this picture a few weeks ago along with 49 other people. (Apparently 50 is the most people you can tag in one photo.) It’s a appropriation of the “Jesus: all about life” posters. A friened of mine made it (I think he was trying to start a meme). It’s an interesting aspect of how images are used on social networks, that they can actually link to references rather than just imply them. People can communicate with you through tagging. When someone wants to show you something on facebook, they don’t send it to you, they tag you. Maybe this is because tagging is so simple and effortless. But perhaps it is also to do with the public nature of tagging. With the above image, friends of mine can see that I have been tagged, meaning that the image reaches beyond the initial network of its creator. Although I can untag myself I can’t stop anyone form tagging me in the first place. This means that, although I ultimately control what remains in the archive of my social network, I can’t control how I will be represented at all times.  In a way this is not so different from how photography has always worked. You can’t always control who has your image or how they will use it. However, there are slight differences, given that the tagging function allows people to affiliate you with images that are not of you. In this and many other ways your friends play a large role in shaping your online identity.

This practice links in with the idea of folksonomy. It is a really interesting way of categorising images, which varies quite a lot from the way someone might arrange a physical photo album. Facebook photo tagging demonstrates the key features of a folksonomy as discussed in class. It is a more personal and subjective way of labeling the material. This tagging process differs greatly to how things are tagged on delicious or in blogs because it is slightly more consistent and at the same time, a little more interactive. On facebook multiple people can tag things in the same photo at the same time. People can be tagged as a form of communication rather than a form of classification. With its communicative and subjective nature, will this information be valuable in the long run? To who?

Here is an interesting group: tag who looks familiar takes pictures from external sources like awkwardfamilyphotos.com, posts them and encourages members to tag their friends.