Topic 2: Who EXACTLY are you on the Web?


First and foremost, watch this video on “Who is the Real You?”
“On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog” is an adage which began as a cartoon caption by Peter Steiner (1993).
The Internet allows us to create as many social ‘identities’ as we want. Many a times, people post with pseudonym and anonymity.
The definition of an Online Identity is the social identity that an Internet user establishes in online communities and websites. I will be discussing the advantages and disadvantages of having more than one online identity.

Advantages of having Multiple Online Identities
Having multiple online identities can even grant fame, online celebrities being ‘internet famous’, and launching a career through viral videos. You can be honest & create a personality for yourself that you might not want to be part of your public self. There is a sense of privacy in the Internet and it allows the individual to have more freedom.

One popular example is Fred Figglehorn, a fictional character created and portrayed by American actor Lucas Cruikshank. His most popular video garnered over 78 Million views, which rocketed him into fame, enabling him to create 5 seasons of videos, Music videos, Animated films and even a Movie!


Another such example is PSY’s Gangnam Style, garnering over 2.6 Billion views and making a breakthrough worldwide, enabling him to become an international star.

Disadvantages of having Multiple Online Identities


As shown in the photo above, statistics shown that 91% of employers use Social Networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) to screen prospective employees.
In order for one to land the job with greater ease, he has to have an accurate Online Identity, showing his employers his daily lifestyle and how he is like in reality.
If employers come across to see the individual with multiple Online Identities, he will be assessed as unreliable and the chances to get hired will be severely reduced.

Real identity has improved the tone and tenor of interaction online. “The whole thing was based on this foundation of reality,” Mark Zuckerberg says in an interview. “That doesn’t mean that every single thing is true. But on balance, I think it’s a lot more real than other things on the internet. In that way, I think, yes, it does create authenticity.” The real-life expertise in whatever you blog about is diminished.

In conclusion, I feel that having multiple online identities depends on individual’s motives and preferences. One should weigh the pros and cons in order to determine which one of the two is more beneficial.

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Yours Truly, Jef Tan Yi Yang



6 thoughts on “Topic 2: Who EXACTLY are you on the Web?

  1. Hello Jef!

    Insightful post you’ve got there with the topic of online identities! I love how you used clear examples like Psy on Gangnam Style to illustrate multiple online identities as he was definitely a major phenomenal everyone recognizes. Just a suggestion: Maybe you could show the difference in online identities for the examples you have stated (Eg. Their personal lives online vs their career lives online) to give a clearer picture. I also like how you categorize the advantages and disadvantages clearly! However, you got me thinking. Apart from employment opportunities as a disadvantage, do you think this will also affect identity theft and cyber-bullying?
    Thank you!

    With regards,

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    • Hey Beatrice!
      Thank you for taking time to read my post. I’m glad that it gives you a clearer idea of having multiple online identities together with the advantages and disadvantages of it.
      As for the personal lives online, they are more known as their fictional characters by the public as people will relate them to a rather popular figure.
      And of course it may affect identity theft and cyber-bullying, but hey, having one or multiple online identities may also result in these consequences.
      Hence, use the Internet carefully and decide on what you choose to post up on the web as once the information is posted, it is impossible to retrace the steps.

      -Jef Tan Yi Yang


  2. Hey Jefsunbear! Your views and examples on the advantages and disadvantages on having online identities is certainly mind-provoking as it got me thinking. Will users with multiple online identities be more vulnerable to online scams? On a side note, it was clear to me as you used real life examples (i.e Lucas cruikshank) to portray the pros of having multiple online identities. However, I’m curious as to whether there are any cons to being famous online for Lucas Cruikshank. What do you think about that?

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    • Hello Hazel,
      Thank you for reading my post, I’m glad that it got you thinking about online identities.
      However, I don’t agree that having multiple online identities is more vulnerable to online scams as having one or multiple online identities will have equal chances of getting scammed online.
      Hence, always be careful with your personal information like credit card information. Always read the reviews and comments before purchasing anything.
      Of course there are cons to being famous online! As long as you are famous, you will tend to garner haters as well. There is always two sides to a coin.


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