I wonder if this is how we will introduce ourselves in the near future, using our twitter handles or other various social media names. Many people already include these on business cards or websites. We see twitter names along side proper names on television and in magazines. It is becoming a part of our identity, of who we are. We are beginning to associate people with their social media identity. Twitter handles and names are beginning to become synonymous with each other. The question is; is this a good thing or a bad thing?
I have recently started listening to a podcast called Mohr Stories, starring comedian and actor Jay Mohr. In the podcast, Jay Mohr interviews and has conversations with other comedians, musicians, and actors. I find it very entertaining and funny, but what I found really interesting is that Jay repeatedly tells the listening audience the twitter handle of that days guest, and almost uses it interchangeably with the guests name. Jay, an avid “tweeter” himself, uses twitter to promote his podcast and his upcoming shows, and by continually using his guest’s twitter name helps them to gain more followers and do the same. This is what initially got me thinking about our social media identity and how important it is to our daily interactions.
Just this weekend I was involved with a comedy variety show here in Regina called Red Hot Riot, and the show featured a young up and coming musician named Danny Goertz. After hearing him play and realizing just how good he was, my very first question to him was, are you on twitter? Followed by, what’s your handle? I told him that I would love to help him get his name out there and help him to promote upcoming shows. Once again, I began to think about our social media identity and how it is linked to our daily lives and personal interactions. For entertainers like Jay Mohr and Danny Goertz, twitter and other social media such as Facebook and YouTube are natural ways to promote oneself, and they hopefully create a positive association between the social media identity and the actual person. But what about the negative associations?
The most recent example of negative association with twitter occurred last week with the crowning of the first Miss America of Asian descent. After she was crowned, the twitter-verse was bombarded with negative and outright racist comments about the new Asian Miss America. The article below gives a sampling of some of the horrible things that were said.
This is a perfect example of how your twitter identity can have a negative association. People need to be careful of what they put out into the social media universe because once it is out there, you can not take it back. The thing that many people don’t realize is that you need to protect and uphold your social media identity just as much as you do your personal identity, because we are coming to an age where the two are interchangeable. In many ways, who you are in the social media world, is representative of who you are in real life, so you better be protective of that identity. If you want some tips on how to manage our social media identity, check out the link below.
So what do you think? Is our social media identity the same as our real world identity? Will we soon be introducing ourselves with a name and a twitter handle? These are question I will continue to ask and examine as we move forward. That’s all for now, @jojo7415, signing off.