// Posted by Bridget on 03/03/2012 (10:30 PM)
I came across a very interesting article and video featuring 4chan’s creator Chris Poole discussing his take on online identities, and in specific how Facebook and Google portrays both. He claims Facebook is a space where your online identity is also your online identity, while the other online identity is based on anonymity, which often frightens people, thus influencing social media sites to base themselves on the “Facebook-ensue” identity. However, Poole makes the very good point that Google + “circles” and Facebook “smart lists” failed majorly in focusing on the importance of audience, and that social media should really focus on the user and who “they share as.” This is because Poole reinforces the fact that we are very multi-faceted people with multiple identities, and sites like Facebook limit a user’s idea of that by providing a “one-size-fits-all” method to expressing identity. However, he praises Twitter for their portrayal of identity by applauding the use of “handles” rather than full names (as Facebook does) and how a user’s Twitter page is interest-based, representing one facet of a user’s identity. Ultimately, Poole suggests the complexity of our identities is what characterizes our humanity, and as the line between online and offline is becoming increasingly blurred, us humans face a rather trying dilemma. He calls to not only producers, but users of the web, to utilize and seek social media platforms that focus less on a mirror-image, single lens identity, and a “right” one.
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